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Analena: Carbon BasedCarbon Based (2005)
Reviewer Rating: 4
Contributed by: AnchorsAnchors
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It's very, very rare that a woman is able to make her way out of the kitchen and into the recording studio, microphone in hand, and actually impress me. (Come on feminists, let me have it.) However, rules have their exceptions, so go ahead and mark Croatian export Analena into that exception categor.
It's very, very rare that a woman is able to make her way out of the kitchen and into the recording studio, microphone in hand, and actually impress me. (Come on feminists, let me have it.) However, rules have their exceptions, so go ahead and mark Croatian export Analena into that exception category. The dichotomy of this band is truly interesting, combining a fiery punk rock spirit, and an impassioned screamo sensibility (think Funeral Diner); their take on music is quite the trip.
Focus the camera on yourself / Zoom in, zoom out, blame the moon / The universe is not dressed to your taste / 400 years later you would still burn Galileo and the stars? / Laughing, whispering, grain of salt where are you? / In the ocean, in the jellyfish / In the tears behind your face / Zoom out, zoom in, voices in your head erode your face / Your fears, your ego, your truth, evaporating / Tear is a grain of salt.Solid lyrics aside, it's rhythm and intensity that really drive this release. There's plenty of low key, melodic vocals, but the discordant guitars are always primed and ready for a sudden blast of passionate screaming, and there's plenty of that on this album. The production extracts all of the talent and potential out of each individual musician, and it's that collaborative effort that give these songs an extra push. Sure, the vocals may sound superb, but if the music backing it up just doesn't fit, it's not going to have the same level of impact, but the opposite reigns true here. Each member contributes to the overall sound, and the structure and impact of the songs is better for it. "Rainy Night In Warsaw" takes the album out with its acoustic instrumentation and lack of vocals.
What starts out in a frenzy ends in a whimper, but from start to finish this album is an excellent effort. I know you kids love your comparisons, so it might help to tell you that Analena's sound is closest to that of now defunct On The Might Of Princes. Carbon Based proves that a female vocalist can be just as impactful as a male counterpart, leaving only one thing to question: Where the hell is my dinner?
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