Touch In The Dark
1/12/2006 - Review by: Susan Wright
Asrai - Touch In The Dark - 2004 - Transmission Records
The first half of the album opener, "In Front Of Me", starts off a bit too pop oriented and mainstream friendly for my particular tastes. I wasn't overly thrilled with vocalist Margriet Mol's sound on this one either, but at about the halfway mark into the song, things took an unexpected turn. To my surprise, I actually found myself ENJOYING what I was hearing!
Things only picked up from there.
Simmering slabs such as "Dream" and "Child" hold all the dark intrigue of typical goth rock, but allow room for a heavier vibe to seep through. Margriet Mol's performance even garners kudos, as she picked things up well after what I thought was a weak performance in the beginning. Fans of bands like Lacuna Coil will find this a pleasurable experience, and non-fans of LC, such as myself, may even find themselves drawn in.
--Susan Wright 12.26.05
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