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Landmarq: Aftershock

Okay, so I'd heard of Landmarq before but never actually heard them until now with this, a live set recorded in 2000 and 2001. Well? Verdict, please. It's not bad. Pleasant enough melodies, some nice individual instrumental work from various members (keyboardist Steve Leigh does a nice job on "After I Died Somewhere" and Uwe D'Rose's guitar playing makes much of the record all by itself), while vocalist Tracy Hitchings slowly wins you over with her crystal vocals, but like Jadis and, on occasion, Marillion (and, hell, even really early Genesis), I find that the musical landscapes sometimes prove a little flat: The atmosphere's thick, the emotions are high but everything else just kind of falls back and sits there, waiting for you to pass it by.

That's not to say that there aren't exciting moments here or that the album lacks listenable tracks, it's just that it's not an overly dynamic batch of songs. Of course, there's something to be said for being subtle too, but maybe not in such high volume.

Added: August 20th 2003
Reviewer: Jedd Beaudoin
Related Link: Landmarq Website
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Language: english

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