delusion squared
II


4.0
excellent

Review

by menawati CONTRIBUTOR (92 Reviews)
October 2nd, 2012 | 9 replies


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Delusion Squared build upon their promising debut with a highly accessible album packed with prog tinged synth-rock, addictive hooks and sweet melodies.

Crossover prog, what is it ? There are many groups labelled as crossover prog, all with extremely different individual styles, but what it's apparently supposed to indicate is that the music is related to popular music in some way. This might scream 'gateway music' to some people but succinct arrangements and easy melodies don't necessarily indicate worthlessness. Polyrhythms, 23 minute songs and time signature tomfoolery are not the only things which define the world of progressive rock. "Delusion Squared" are a crossover prog group from France and this is their second release, cunningly entitled "delusion squared II".

Before I get underway with the review I will admit up-front that I have been in love with the lead vocalist, Lorraine Young, ever since I heard 'In My Time of Dying' from their debut release. She doesn't have a particularly powerful or striking voice but there is just something about the way she phrases her words when she sings in English that appeals to me. Female fronted prog groups aren't particularly rare these days but there is a very cute and endearing aspect to her vocal delivery. On their debut album the music was entertaining but slightly underwhelming. Second time out the band sound much more assured than before and have moved deeper into prog rock territory while retaining their ability to throw out memorable melodies and catchy hooks. The album opener 'Double Vision' is a pop-prog number which is quite appealing in its own right but doesn't really represent the music as a whole. Things become much more interesting when 'Delusion Squared' become more adventurous with their arrangements and as such 'Necrogenesis' is a huge improvement with its angular synth motifs and chugging riffs. The music encompasses many styles and even within one song the band can veer from acoustic folk to synth-rock to prog and ambient while still retaining coherency. There is a warm acoustic feel to most of what is on offer and all is rosy during the quieter less intense sections but unfortunately the quality of production sometimes lets the side down when the music becomes more complicated. It can all sound rather muddled at times with the percussion in particular lacking dynamism and taking on an artificial edge such that the dramatic effect of the more powerful sections of music is somewhat diminished. Leaving production quibbles aside though this is an engaging and consistently enjoyable sophomore release with not a dud track in sight.

Bona fide progheads may well turn their noses up at this type of easily accessible material but this can be a very appealing album if you don't approach it expecting to be dazzled by overtly technical displays of musical prowess or avante-garde expressionism. This also might appeal to fans of new-prog bands in the mould of 'Pure Reason Revolution' or purveyors of the type of synth-rock trammelled by the likes of 'The Birthday Massacre' and even some indie pop lovers might find something to identify with.



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menawati
Contributing Reviewer
October 1st 2012


16131 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

double vision - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zZxFNXVQ1W8
recipe for disaster - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=thVJVeps5iU&feature=relmfu
extracts - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S3ydUWcHdjI&feature=relmfu

both of their albums are streamable with some free tracks at http://delusionsquared.bandcamp.com/

Brostep
Staff Reviewer
October 1st 2012


3544 Comments


The album ain't bad. Have a pos, nice review. Can't really get into the singer's voice, but accessible prog is nice since I really haven't delved much into the genre

Digging: Nicki Minaj - The Pinkprint

menawati
Contributing Reviewer
October 1st 2012


16131 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

aw i love her voice, o well thx dude

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
October 1st 2012


20158 Comments


Nice review as expected. It's cool that you always post links for your reviews I'm planning on going through your reviews soon and listening to a bunch of them.

Digging: Johann Sebastian Bach - Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 in D major, BWV 1050

menawati
Contributing Reviewer
October 1st 2012


16131 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

thx atari, i work on the principle that people are as lazy as me so provide links to make it painless haha

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
October 1st 2012


20158 Comments


Good thinking ;)

SgtPepper
Staff Reviewer
October 1st 2012


4458 Comments


This sounds pretty cool. May have to check out.

Review was solid as well. POS'd.

CaptainDooRight
October 2nd 2012


30334 Comments


I'm not a fan of the vocalist but she would be more bearable if her vocals weren't so high in the mix. The music is solid though but sometimes generic/average.

Your review is solid so have a pos.

ProfessorVeerappan
February 23rd 2013


792 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

simple review
short and distant
there is nothing wrong with her vocals
she is in fact a simple to the point voice
that nails the lyrics in the head
very intense
heard it
flipped it
french prog crazy scene
...



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