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Repressing. 2008 sophomore album from the Australian band, recorded at Radio Star Studios in California with producer Silvia Massy Shivy and mixer Rich Veltrop. With the first two singles from the album ('What If' and 'Bird Of Feather') spinning on high rotation on Triple J, and the success of their critically acclaimed 2005 debut, Sharing Space was one of the most anticipated Australian releases of 2008.
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The sound found on the album is a sort of mixture between Prog and Alternative Metal, with thoughtful, considered and slowly unfolding pieces mixing it up beside more direct, biting material.
Album highlights include the lengthy album closer (with excellent drumming) “Problem, Reaction, Solution,” and opener “No Other Way,” as well as the more instant “Are You Interested?” and “Say Your Last Goodbye.”
They are definitely a grower sort of a band, and listening to this album gets better and better the more time and concentration you put into it. There’s a surprising amount of depth and nuance in what initially seems like a fairly simplistic record. The contrast of almost Nu Metal style bounce at times with dreamy, slow-paced sections and occasional bursts of synth (“Four Walls” and “Bitter Pills”) keeps things interesting and provides an enjoyable contrast.
The Gower brother’s vocals are emotive and the lyrics are thought provoking and interesting (check out “The Town Of Lincoln”). Add into that the little touches of samples or strings (such as on the excellent “How Long?”) and a solid, clear, effects-laden production job from Sylvia Massy of Tool and System Of A Down fame, and you have a really pleasant, rewarding listen.
If you are into bands like Amplifier, Anathema or Porcupine Tree, or indeed bands like Fair To Midland, Coheed & Cambria, Cog, Rishloo, Tool, A Perfect Circle, Karnivool, The Mayan Factor, Jurojin, Dead Letter Circus or Dredg, then Cog are certainly something you may want to check out, and if you like Cog then Sharing space is an utter must-have.