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Miracle: The Strife of Love in a Dream

I commonly listen to John Carpenter's soundtracks; there's just something interesting and cool about all those synthesized beats and the dark melodies that accompany them. I've also reviewed several works by Steve Moore on this site, all of which I've really enjoyed. But this album, another project featuring Moore, was somewhat disappointing. There are some excellent tracks here, but I didn't find the album as strong as I'd hoped it to be.

Before going further, I need to say a few things about Miracle. The band consists of Steve Moore (probably best known for his work in Zombi), and Daniel O'Sullivan, a vocalist and multi-instrumentalist. Both Moore and O'Sullivan are highly talented and have contributed their skills to multiple bands over the years. As Miracle, Moore and O'Sullivan create synthesized pop that is dark and vibrant. Their music sounds like a cross between a John Carpenter soundtrack and Depeche Mode. It's a curious blend, but it generally works.

The best things about this album are the arrangements and the atmosphere. The music is often catchy and engaging but it balances the light and the dark effectively. As dark synthpop goes, Miracle knows exactly what to do. So why was I disappointed? I think it was because I didn't connect with the vocals as much as I'd hoped. O'Sullivan has an interesting voice, one that ranges across moods effectively, but I wanted more of the synthesized soundscape than the vocals. Miracle's established fans will like this album better than I did. Casual listeners might want to check out "The Parsifal Gate" and "Sulfur" and see what they think.

Track Listing:
1. The Parsifal Gate
2. Light Mind
3. Night Sides
4. Sulfur
5. The Seventeen Nineties
6. Dremours
7. Mind Environment
8. Angelix

Added: February 10th 2018
Reviewer: Carl Sederholm
Related Link: Band Facebook Page
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Language: english

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