port-royal
Afraid to Dance


3.5
great

Review

by Zebra USER (177 Reviews)
August 4th, 2007 | 7 replies


Release Date: 2007 | Tracklist


Port-Royal established a signature sound when they released their debut album Flares back in 2005. Incorporating ambience, trance, techno, post-rock, and a hint of funk into their music the quintet from Italy were able to create a unique vortex of sounds that no other electronica group could match. With Afraid to Dance Port-Royal head for a more accessible and beat laden sound however they are still able to mix lo-key electronics and sweeping guitars into their music. Instead of sticking to the “quiet-loud-quiet-loud” formula that was found on Flares, Afraid to Dance explores a more adventurous and “jungle like” sound.

For the most part Afraid to Dance is a laid-back, soothing album however Anya Sehsnsucht and Decadance, the two longest songs on the album are also the most upbeat and quirky. Hinting more towards techno then anything else Port-Royal mix dense beats with organic keyboard sounds creating a hypnotic, yet slightly repetitive sound. Fortunately the rest of the album relies on instrumental progression and lush textures instead of hypnotizing beats. Banhof Zoo is a beautiful blend of a sublime guitar melody and eerie keyboard cadences, leaning more towards the likes of post-rock outfits such as Mogwai or early Stereolab. The rest of Afraid to Dance includes the upbeat, Jack Johnson meets Shpongle (Roliga Timmen) the sexy keyboard loops of Internet Love and the spacey, psychadelic closer Putin Vs Valery. The production perfectly captures the beauty of music, the end result is a gorgeous mishmash of soothing electronics and guitars. When they’re at their best Di Roberto's peaceful keyboard structures blend beautifully with Bruzzone’s soaring guitars but when they’re at their worst Port-Royal sound like any other bland, uninspired 90's techno outfit.



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blackmilk
August 4th 2007


583 Comments


Please work on the run-on sentences.

Also, most of the last paragraph is unnecessary. You basically repeat what is said in the rest of the review. The only part you should keep is the "At their best../At their worst.." bits.

Combine the rest of the last paragraph and use that as a summary.

La Revolucion
August 5th 2007


1060 Comments


There's a lot of grammar mistakes in all of your reviews.

Zebra
Moderator
August 5th 2007


2647 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Thanks for the help elim.



and yes, I realize that my older reviews have a lot of grammar mistakes but after reading over this one I didn't really catch to many. This Message Edited On 08.05.07

La Revolucion
August 5th 2007


1060 Comments


In this one most of the mistakes lie in the run-on sentences that Eliminator mentioned, so you're missing some commas.

thunderzstruck
August 6th 2007


148 Comments


i have been trying to find this recently but its been difficult because i absolutely love Flares

Fort23
August 7th 2007


3071 Comments


I love this record, its almost perfect, but at times it just gets dull. Im working on a review for it. Nice review too.

cometuesday
August 9th 2007


959 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I want this.



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