Lacuna Coil - _Comalies_
(Century Media, 2002)
by: Xander Hoose (
Judging a Lacuna Coil album is very hard. Take one look at their band picture and who can deny being taken in immediately by the lovely Christina? Listen to one bit of their music and deny the same thing about her angelic yet powerful vocals. Yes, impossible indeed. But having the honour of reviewing _Comalies_ like I have reviewed every other album by Lacuna Coil, I do have to admit I feel more critical than ever before. Not that _Comalies_ is a bad album -- not at all. It's not even a bad Lacuna Coil album; it might very well be one of their best. The production on _Comalies_ is yet again one notch higher than that of _Unleashed Memories_. Vocals have matured, the drumming has tightened, and there is a little more experimentation, such as the '80s-style keyboards in the "Humane" intro, the vocals on "Self Deception" and the increased use of electronics throughout the album. However, I can't shake the feeling that the band lacks in expanding their territory. Surely the band has matured a lot since their first EP, but if you look through the frills, the musical core is exactly the same as it was almost five years ago. Secretly, with _Comalies_, I was hoping to discover something new, something fresh, something groundbreaking. My hopes weren't fulfilled, but then again, with songs like "Heaven's a Lie", "Tight Rope" and "Unspoken" Lacuna Coil did deliver another smashing and faithful album.
(article published 3/21/2003)
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