The Astral Episode
9/22/2006 - Review by: Veritas
Richard Andersson's Space Odyssey - The Astral Episode - 2005 - Candlelight Records
Similar to bands such a Royal Hunt and even Raintime, most of Space Odyssey’s songs are completely keyboard-driven. While the aforementioned bands do a brilliant job with this approach, Andersson’s synthetic-led, neo-classically inspired melodies wear a bit thin after a while. They’re skillfully done, but the most important element, excitement, is lacking. I have the same issues with much of Ywngie Malmsteen’s work as well – the music is technically brilliant but fairly unemotional. Even Johansson, who has an amazing voice, fails to add the extra ounce of feeling ala Jorn Lande style that often separates a good song from a great one. And that’s exactly what Andersson and company have accomplished with “The Astral Episode” – eight good songs, but none of them great.
“The Astral Episode” isn’t a bad album by any means, but with groups like Royal Hunt, Symphony X, and to an extent even Masterplan playing this style in a more engaging, exciting, and energetic manner, it doesn’t come with an enormous recommendation either. Richard Andersson is a highly skilled musician, and everyone else on the record does their job fairly well, so for prog-power or neo-classical junkies, this album may be one more addition to a vast catalogue of similar music. I think the seven out of ten I’m going to give this album is exactly what it deserves – it’s well-crafted but lacks greatness.
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