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2010 album from the Swedish Alt-Metal quartet. In a world governed by increasingly rigid rules and conformist conceptions of art, Pain Of Salvation have created their own niche on the international music scene. Their intelligently composed and cleverly arranged songs mix Metal, Pop, Funk, Disco, Goth and Folk with Arabian and Oriental influences plus other more or less extreme musical styles into a homogenous whole.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. No Way
  2. She Likes to Hide
  3. Sisters
  4. Of Dust
  5. Tell Me You Don't Know
  6. Sleeping Under the Stars
  7. Darkness of Mine
  8. Linoleum
  9. Curiosity
  10. Where it Hurts
  11. Road Salt
  12. Innocence

Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 8, 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Inside Out U.S.
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #207,333 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By ryanyunck on September 18, 2010
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I think the bases have mostly been covered in the other reviews as far as the various reactions people have had to this album, so I'll try to be concise and see if my two cents can bring anything new to the table.

Road Salt One certainly lacks much of the musical insanity of past efforts (think the ludicrously challenging polyrhythms of songs like "Handful of Nothing" and "Fandango" or the full-on prog onslaughts of songs like "! (Forward)" and "Idioglossia"). I love that stuff as much as the next guy, but I think it's important to bear in mind that many fan favorites--"Ashes", "Undertow", "Second Love", and "Spitfall"*, for example--are very simple. And that's not to say RS is completely tame, either. There is still much to be found in the way of dramatic dynamic shifts, inventive song structures, and rhythmic complexity; "No Way" and "Innocence" especially come to mind.

The one thing that truly sets this album apart from their others (for better or for worse) is the lack of any metal. No evil, de-tuned riffs. No chugga-chugga. No complex double-bass drum patterns. Even their guitar tone takes on a more fuzzy, bluesy, Hendrix-type approach. The self-proclaimed '70s feel is definitely a noticeable change.

So if I could sum my impression of this album, it would be that they have stayed "progressive" in many of the same ways, but have dropped the "metal" part of it. It's still quite diverse and inventive, still just as deep and emotionally urgent (if not more), and still boasts a breathtaking vocal performance throughout. The bluesy feel is bound to be a turn-off for some, especially in comparison to their other albums, but I think, like all of their music, it's worth approaching it with an open mind.

I'm definitely looking forward to part two!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By J. Pager on July 30, 2010
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Many of the negative reviews on this album seem to have one central theme: this is not the Pain of Salvation we are used to. You know what? They are correct. This is not the Pain of Salvation we are used to.

I heard a preview of Linoleum before the album came out, and let's just say, I was not particularly hopeful. It was decent, but it wasn't prog metal. And Pain of Salvation is a prog metal band, right?

Well... Maybe. Was Be prog metal? I don't think so.

So let's just get this out of the way: Road Salt One is not a prog metal album. But Pain of Salvation already has at least four albums that can be easily slotted into the prog metal genre, and all are great, so why do we need another? Is Daniel Gildenlow going to write a better prog metal album than Remedy Lane? I'm not sure anybody is going to accomplish that feat.

So, perhaps Gildenlow decided that in order to prove he is not a one trick pony, he would try his hand at something else. So we have Be, with its pastoral instrumentals spread among the relatively few straightforward songs. Then we got Scarsick, which was easily their weakest effort to date. The relative crappiness of Scarsick is the potential cause of my skepticism, but Gildenlow took a completely different path.

When I started listening to Road Salt One and discovered that it is not prog metal at all, I was at once taken aback and thrilled. This is an album with its own distinct sound and melodies. It is unique. I find myself with an urge to listen to an album of 70s inspired songs with a truly modern view, and this is the only album that can satisfy that yearning. Thus, it has spent more time in my rotation over the last month than any other album.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Zero Free Will on June 17, 2010
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As a Pain of Salvation fan, which you most likely are if you're reading this, you must understand that Perfect Element part 1 is not going to be recreated. And it's absurd to think that even possible in my opinion. Along with this point, in my opinion it is the open-mindedness of Daniel (not to mention his emotion and vocal range) that has kept this band among my favorites since they first came out.

I do understand some of the comments I've been reading here and elsewhere about being disappointed about this release. But at the same time, what an extraordinary emotional journey it is. Just like every other POS release, Road Salt One takes hold of you and allows your brain to be taken out of your control. Now some of you are right, it's not as technically demanding. And as someone who loves bands like Between the Buried and Me and the work on John Petrucci, I get the lure of that type of music. However it is difficult to find music more moving than POS (without being corny and lame) in my opinion.

I find it hard to believe that someone who has enjoyed all or most of POS's releases thus far will not enjoy this record. Tracks like "Sisters" and "Where it hurts" are litterally breathtaking. The lyrical content combined with the raw feel of these tracks is something reminiscent of perhaps the raw emotion of the latter works of Tom Waits. I mean that type of record does not come around very often. For your sake, do not miss out on the chance to experience the feelings that Road Salt One evokes in you. And let it be known there are still those beautiful climatic moments in many of these tracks which may be the only true trademark of POS.
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