Previewing Chris van der Linden's latest Fourteen Twentysix prior accepting it for review I thought I was hearing some modern progressive rock. However, after listening to Lighttown Closure, I'm not quite sure what's going on here. I'll try to sum up what I hear: alternative rock with ambient and electronic devices combining for an atmospheric and melancholy sound. Lyrically, van der Linden appears to be expressing his feelings about leaving(?) Eindhoven (aka 'Lighttown') in The Netherlands, and so closing a chapter in his life. His dark and brooding thoughts of life changes are set to music. Essentially then we can hone are description of Fourteen Twentysix's sound: Lighttown Closure is alternative, ambient, and electronic navel-gazing emo nonsense. I hate Emo.
Not to belittle van der Linden's authentic expression of his emotions and life journey, but I don't really care. And the music isn't that interesting either. On the positive side, if I want some music to put me to sleep, Lighttown Closure might do the trick. Or if I want a soundtrack for self-reflection and self inflicted misery, this will do. If you are manic-depressive, don't listen to this work. It might put you over the edge with a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Don't mix Lighttown Closure with any other drugs, operate any machinery, or drive. I'm sure somebody's digs this stuff, but it's not me. This makes me wonder if Fourteen Twentysix are even that good in their chosen genre. Proceed with caution. Now I need to listen to some rock n roll.
Chris van der Linden's Fourteen Twentysix and latest Lighttown Closure is alternative, ambient, and electronic navel-gazing emo nonsense. I hate Emo. And the music is not that clever either.
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