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Paradise Lost: One Second

If you're familiar with Paradise Lost's music, you're familiar with the word "change". Change is about the only thing consistent with PL's latest offering One Second.

The first few tracks open up with new, yet distinctively PL melodies. They let the band put a different twist on the bleakness fans have come to expect.

"One Second" and "Say Just Words" offer comfort to the listener who is about to experience the "background" guitars. To be honest, I found this really disturbing at first. Is there anyone into the band that isn't crazy for that haunting guitar on "Gothic" or the colossal beauty of "True Belief"?

"Mercy" and "Soul Courageous" are good examples of the songs with melodies that are "pop" at best. It is as if Greg Mackintosh was possessed by one of those Foo Fighters. Either way, they seem alien; like a side project that a band won't talk about after a few years.

They must have been listening to a lot of Tricky, Depeche Mode, and NIN lately. "The Sufferer" bleeds restrained mellowness as do parts of "This Cold Life" and "Take Me Down". The second half of the album, while it has its moments, is forgettable.

Overall, I consider the cream of this album enough reason to buy it. However, I think that much of the music could have been B-sides. They should have substituted the excellent "Cruel One" (available on the "Say Just Words" variant single CDKUT 174) for the downright pathetic "Mercy".

Added: January 1st 2004
Reviewer: SoT Archives
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