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Suffocating the Bloom

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1. 21
2. Winterthru
3. Memoirs From Between
4. Reaping the Harvest
5. In Every Garden
6. A Little Nonsense
7. The Sentimental Chain
8. One Voice
9. Here I Am
10. Cactapus
11. A Suite for the Everyman/Only Twelve
12. A Cautious Repose
13. Bearing Down
14. Cash Flow Shuffle
15. Mr. Oxy Moron
16. Twelve's Enough
17. I Am the Tide
18. Cannoning in B Major
19. Picture Perfect
20. Those That Want to Buy
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 30, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: CD Baby
  • ASIN: B0010M6JBQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #31,869 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Steven Sly on February 10, 2007
Format: Audio CD
When this album came out I had no idea this band existed. In fact in 1992 for all I knew progressive rock was dead and gone. It was in the late 90's when I discovered Echolyn and went back and purchased their entire back catalogue. Echolyn are still one of the most unique bands, prog or otherwise, to have emerged from the United States in the last two decades. Although the band seems to want to distance themselves from this album, I think it ranks up as one of their best. Yes, they were young and their songwriting skills may have still been developing, but holy cow what potential they had. It all shines through on this album as the band basically throw everything plus the kitchen sink at the listener to see what fits. The first half of the album consists of individual songs that are mostly of the shorter variety. Highlights include "21", "Winterthru", "Memoirs From Between", "A Little Nonsense" and "Here I Am" The band takes classic progressive rock influences, then mold them into a unique sound that is completely their own. There really is no other band out there that sounds like Echolyn. The last half of the album is the 28 plus minute "A Suite For The Everyman". This epic is a tour de force that covers just about every musical style you could mention. The "Those That Want To Buy" section of the piece would prove to be prophetic of events for the band in the not too distant future. Instrumentally the performances are flawless with each band member showcasing their skills throughout the disc. Ray Weston and Brett Kull's lyrics get a bit obtuse at times, but for the most part I like them, and find some of them quite poignant. "I feel like I'm always sawing through the branch that I'm sitting on".........indeed I can relate.Read more ›
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By BIGMO on January 19, 2009
Format: Audio CD
First class music, very good lyrics and wondeful atmosphere. What else would one ask to a band? Their second work is perfect under any aspect. Unfortunately they did not maintain these standard afterwards. I've loved the first set of their works, until 1995, when their prog soul changed into a questionable genre which, but for Mei, cannot find a precise definition.
But 1991 to 1995 they have showed their best.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lethe on May 1, 2010
Format: MP3 Music
A MASTERPIECE FROM THE NINETIES!! Here you find such splendid interplays, a wonderful polyphony as well as excellent vocal harmonizations, GENTLE GIANT and YES-like; but moreover you find also a personal and stunning style, regarding a fusion progressive album, enriched with incredible odd time signatures and wonderful variations!! A MUST HAVE!!
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By woburnmusicfan on January 3, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Echolyn's second album was their weakest. There are two excellent songs, the yuletide "Winterthru" and "Memoirs from Between", with it's chorus of "Set a course, up ahead, straight into heaven". A few other songs are decent, such as "A Little Nonsense", "Here I Am", and "Suffocating the Bloom". But their songwriting skills didn't fully kick in until the next album, 1995's "As the World". While most of the songs here have some catchy moments, most also have some dull moments to balance them. Out of fear of boring the listener, Echolyn threw a ton of riffs into every song to keep changing things up. The result is that instead of getting to hear the best musical ideas in a song one extra time, you have to listen to their 12th-best idea. Most of the lyrics are cheesy self-help philosophy. "One Voice" is a Van Gogh tribute that's as maudlin as Don McLean's "Vincent". The last half of the album is a multi-part "A Suite for the Everyman" that just doesn't work, whether it's the 12-tone stuff keyboardist Chris Buzby picked up in music theory class or the catchy choruses undermined by impossible lyrics like "It's branded me a stoic and that's not what I am". Start with Echolyn's later albums and come back for this one later if you become a big fan.

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The 2nd or 3rd Echolyn CD I heard. If you were one (like me) who got AS THE WORLD first, this really needed to be the next one. Between it and the self-titled debut, you got a very clear idea as to where Echolyn stood (musically speaking) at the time, and where they were probably going. A shame that they continue to be overlooked, to this day...
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