Green Carnation - _A Blessing in Disguise_
(Season of Mist, 2003)
by: Brian Meloon (
Green Carnation's third effort is the aptly-named _A Blessing in
Disguise_. Why is this album a blessing in disguise, you ask? Well,
first we have my misfortune of purchasing and listening to this horribly
vapid album. And from that misfortune comes the blessing that I'll
be more careful in the future not to purchase another album based upon
the strength of a band or label's back catalogue. Oh, who am I kidding?
There's simply no silver lining to my purchase of this insipid waste of
time.I can only imagine what the band were thinking when they wrote and
recorded this album. To me, it sounds like they were just sitting down
to start writing a new album, but decided that putting together another
epic atmospheric doom metal album like _Light of Day, Day of Darkness_
[CoC #57] was too much effort. Instead, they opted for the simpler
task of writing a '70s rock album. So they took the few pieces of music
that they'd already written, hastily wrote some generic filler and some
lyrics, threw in some cheesy Moog synths for a real "vintage" sound,
and called it good. The end result is the type of non-threatening,
middle-of-the-road, radio-friendly fare that I'd more expect from the
likes of the Little River Band than from former members of In the Woods.
This is a decidedly half-assed offering that taints their good names
with the stench of banality.
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