“Acoustic Verses” by Green Carnation

Artist: Green Carnation
Title: “Acoustic Verses”
Label: The End Records
Release Date: 1/26/2006
Genre: Progressive Rock/Acoustic
Rating: 8.5/10

Fans that have followed Green Carnation over the 15 years of their existence can attest that the band while very interesting is something that is very difficult to describe to the uneducated listener. The band showcases their level of talent by consistently changing their musical styles which makes every album something fresh and unexpected to the listener. They change not because of industry standards or orders but because the mood strikes them and while this might drive a publicist crazy or a new fan, the people that follow them embrace each turn. Their last recording “The Quiet Offspring” was a mixture of Hard Rock and Progressive Melodies while the one before that was a one song album encompassing epic. The latest release entitled “The Acoustic Verses” shows an entirely different side of this fascinating band by using acoustic guitars, keyboards, drums and bass. There are also wonderful string arrangements all tied together by the great and passionate singing of Kjetil. The result is an excellent sounding record that brings to mind a very strong Pink Floyd vibe but there is a sense of darker angst and sadness in some of the lyrical content. The new compositions are deep in their mood and feeling and I felt that moments on the recording were very hypnotic. It continues to show just how talented this band is and while my first album might have been “The Quiet Offspring” I was very easily able to enjoy this one. T’Chort (guitar), Tommy (drums), Kenneth (piano), Bjorn (guitar), Stein (bass), Michael (guitar) and Kjetil (vocals) have done a stand up job on this recording and are to be commended for the levels of creativity demonstrated.

One thing I noticed about this album is its potential chance to finally break the band to listeners who might not have ever given them a second notice. While rich in their melodies and song writing, there is nothing difficult to examine or to be confused by. There are some standout tracks here such as “Sweet Leaf” which sets up the tempo of the album and has a slightly Gothic edge to it. “The Burden Is Mine Alone” was one of my favorites as well as the three chaptered “9-29-045”, a song that runs a good 15 minutes and does not lose your attention once since each portion is self-contained. Green Carnation is a band that should be paid more attention to and respected for keeping it interesting. Great job guys, keep it coming.

Track Listing:
1. Sweet Leaf
2. The Burden Is Mine…Alone
3. Maybe
4. Alone
5. 9-29-045: My Greater Cause pt.1
6. 9-29-045: Home Coming pt.2
7. 9-29-045: House Of Cards pt.3
8. Child’s Play part 3
9. High Tide Waves

Official Website: www.GreenCarnation.no

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