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  • Audio CD (August 6, 2013)
  • Original Release Date: 2013
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Season of Mist
  • ASIN: B0007AC1E6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #501,282 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. The Quiet Offspring
2. Between the Gentle Small and the Standing Tall
3. Just When You Think It's Safe
4. A Place for Me
5. The Everlasting Moment
6. Purple Door, Pitch Black
7. Child's Play, Pt. 1
8. Dead But Dreaming
9. Pile of Doubt
10. When I Was You
11. Child's Play, Pt. 2

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I bought the cd immediately after listening to that song.
Ronald G. Squire
Although the band uses many instruments and sounds to develop their music, it's singer Kjetil Nordhus' voice that really stands out on the album.
Dan Solera
I really do not see how any person with any type of knowledge or respect of music could dismiss this album as anything but genius.
Sunshine the Werewolf

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Dan Solera on April 19, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Once upon a time there was a Norwegian band who released "Light of Day, Day of Darkness," a fantastic debut in one solid 60-minute track. The work was phenomenal. Metalheads around the world were treated to an hour of progressive doom-metal through several movements which included strings, icy guitars, choirs, a saxophone and over 150 tracks of dazzling production. The "song" was symphonic, epic, and far from forgettable.

Two years later the band would release "A Blessing in Disguise", surprising fans and surpassing expectations. The band's guitarist and founder, Terje Vik Schei (also known as "Tchort", following in the metal tradition of interesting monikers) adopted a more conventional songwriting technique, but never strayed from mystic and melancholic elements that made "Light of Day ..." such a masterpiece.

In March, the band released their newest gem, "The Quiet Offspring". Although it certainly isn't quiet, the songs show Tchort departing farther from his inner forest troll and metamorphosing into a solid rock star. Only one song passes the 6-minute mark and there are few nerve-shredding guitar solos or double-bass rhythms to be found. Even calling this album a "metal album" is a stretch. With its softer approach and overall simplicity, the album is so far removed from "Light of Day ..." that it sometimes sounds like a completely different band altogether.

But don't let this stop you from buying it.

The album is great. It really is. The songs are easy to follow but never lack the diversity to keep the listener interested. Sure, there is a defined pattern in the song structure, but it works. Tchort applies it to a variety of moods, ranging from the gloomy to - believe it - the bouncy.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By WARnerve on July 22, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Green Carnation is a band that holds a special place in my heart. "Light of Day, Day of Darkness" is one of the most brilliant musical releases I have ever heard, a pure work of genius. Two albums later, we have "The Quiet Offspring," an excercise in some of Green Carnation's other talents.

It is immediately clear that this is an even more stripped down version of Green Carnation than on "Blessing in Disguise." The simplicity of the title track and "Between the Gentle Small and Standing Tall" (among others) demonstrate a more commercial sound. This does not hinder the album whatsoever as you can tell that Tchort and Co. spent time on the songs and put some feeling behind the album. My favorite part of this album is not any individual playing, but the Pink Floyd-ish atmospheres. The last two Green Carnation albums utilized organs and pianos and, at least from my perspective, gives the album considerable Floyd influence (which isn't so surprising considering a majority of the band members were a part of In the Woods...). If I had to pick out my favorite individual performance, I'd probably go with vocalist Kjetil Nordhus. His singing has improved and he puts forth an excellent performance. Pick any song on the record and it is garunteed that the singing is well done.

The problem I have with this record is its simplicity. I'm not asking for another "Light of Day..." but for a band with this kind of talent and the ideas I know they're capable of making, "The Quiet Offspring" just hits me a little flat. I know I have it ranked as four stars but I'm leaning more towards 3 and a half.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Barry Dejasu on June 30, 2005
Format: Audio CD
According to the First Law of Thermodynamics ("Energy cannot be created nor destroyed"), energy can come in different forms, but never lost. Green Carnation is a band whose music largely epitomizes this theory, as they always find new and experimental ways of expressing their musical energy. With three albums already under their belt (including their most famous to date, _Light of Day, Day of Darkness_, an epic single-track piece spanning a total of sixty minutes!), Green Carnation have made quite a name for themselves in the progressive metal field. Their newest release, _The Quiet Offspring_, has some of their shortest and most "straight-forward" songs to date - but because of their knack for great musical composition and performance, Green Carnation have not lost a shred of their exceptional skills.

The band is in great shape, with all six members cranking out the best of their respective contributions. While none of the members are virtuosos, it is their way of blending their respective talents into good songwriting which makes their music so special, Band founder, rhythm guitarist, and overall mastermind Tchort continues to write epic-feeling songs, despite their short lengths (the longest one being 7:15). Lyrically, _The Quiet Offspring_ is much like Green Carnation's three previous albums, painting dark, yet beautiful, portraits of life and death (often labeled as being "gothic" - though this music is so much more) - perhaps the only consistence in their otherwise ever-changing music.

Vocalist Kjetil Nordhus' is highly expressive and involved, breathing emotional life into Tchort's lyrics like they were his own. His pleading cry of some of the verses in "When I Was You" is a particularly capturing example of this.
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