Marking Time is not so much a revisiting of
progressive days gone by as it is an evolution. The
Boston-based band has toured with the likes of The
Dresden Dolls, King's X and Rasputina, and that in
itself probably says enough about the unique sound
this band can produce. This is definitely "music to think to," challenging the
listener with frequent tempo changes and unexpected twists that play
out like the soundtrack to a Lynch film, with touches of Blade Runner
thrown in for good measure.
The first three tracks ("Like This", "Talk To Me" and "Awake,")
feature strong vocals and long, jazzy guitar bridges, the latter song
calling to mind some of the quieter moments of the Dream Theater
album of the same name. "...Porn" is a smoother ride,
dripping with a Mulholland Drive vibe, and "February First 1896" is
like a vaudevillian trip through time, somewhere between
the late 19th Century and the late 20th, when Savatage
put out Gutter Ballet.
Most radio friendly (by modern terms) is probably "Venus Loves
Hades," though this bouncy lounge-act is also least representative of
the CD as a whole. Much more typical is album closer "Marking Time,"
packed full of tempo changes and Petrucci-esque guitar work. Cleverly
concealed at the end of the song is one of the album's highlights, a
hidden track named "Transmission" -- just one more
sign that this is not a CD for a passive audience.
Flutter Effect demands attention, and they deserve
Favorite Track: Track 10, "Nowhere"
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