The always creative, often enigmatic, Pain of Salvation returns from a three year absence with Road Salt One, the first of a two-disc set. (The next is set for an October 2011 release.) Enigmatic may be the operative word here, yet also adding ambitiously different and a departure from past work. Road Salt One has a strong 70's rock and progressive theme streaming through the songs. She Likes to Hide, Tell Me You Don't Know, and the wholly uncharacteristic and imaginative Sleeping Under the Stars are mesmerizing examples. Yet, sometimes a hear a near alternative, post grunge rock motif on Darkness of Mine, the terrific Linoleum, and Now Way. Certainly the most impressive aspect of Road Salt One is the overarching emotion and passion, specifically coming from Daniel Gildenlow brilliant vocal portion. The woeful and mournful Of Dust and Where It Hurts are equally compelling and heart wrenching. For familiarity's sake, Pain of Salvation's mastery of traditional progressive rock returns on the closing number Innocence. In full, from beginning to end, Road Salt One is Pain of Salvation at their most ingenious, accessible, and entertaining. Road Salt One is their best work to date. Strongly recommended!
In full, from beginning to end, Road Salt One is Pain of Salvation at their most ingenious, accessible, and entertaining. Road Salt One is their best work to date.
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