The third and last review of the ‘3SRR’ experiment. The new 2011 LP ‘Plains Of The Purple Buffalo’ by british/american band *shels.
Plains Of The Purple Buffalo starts off as a dynamic post-metal album which initially appealed to me. I liked the first track and the thing I immediately noticed was the use of a trumpet which I found quite experimental but fitting (as for the first track). But as the album goes on it got a little too flat and cheesy (partially because of the trumpet, e.g. in track 3). The dynamic shifts were a bit too extreme with parts that I could almost not here with my volume up high being followed by significantly louder parts. Track 5 was quite good, but it got towards a rather pompous direction which I could’nt quite enjoy. What I did like was the celestial but also very mysterious track 10 called ‘Conqueror’. But then the ending of the album was still way too quiet and calm. There wasn’t much going on actually. And this didn’t do anything for me really.
Maybe I need to give this a deeper listen sometime when I’m in the mood to really focus on the quiet parts, but as for now I could only like the songs where I felt that something musically exciting and interesting happened. I don’t know the band’s history yet though because they seem to have made really heavy music in the past and supposedly tried to do something different with this album. Let’s see if I can find out more about that in the future.
Favourite Song(s): Journey To The Plains, Conqueror
Least Favourite Song(s): Plains Of The Purple Buffalo Part 2, Searching For Zihuatanejo, The Spirit Horse
Overall rating 5/10 (first impression)
Well, that’s it for now with this 3 random reviews experiment. Hope you enjoyed it. I also hope to get some feedback maybe. I know I enjoyed trying this.
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