9/4/11

ShamRain: Isolation (2009)

Listening to ShamRain's new album Isolation (2011), I get the feeling that this band is now grown up and that I'm done with them. They sound way too mature for me now, I hardly find anything to relate to.

When I heard that ShamRain and singer Mika Tauriainen had parted ways and that the new vocalist is a female (Minna Sihvonen), I was rather interested to hear how the ShamRain melancholy would work with only female vocals. Well, I didn't expect that the band would have changed their whole style into a more feminine, lighter style. Wikipedia's description of the band's music, "slow, dreamlike music", does not apply anymore, in my opinion. The tempo is significantly faster in some songs (there was a little bit of that on the last album, Goodbye to all that, as well) which is one factor in killing the dreaminess for me. In general, there is no sense of a heavy, melancholic feeling in the music anymore. Instrumentally, the dark atmosphere of the previous albums was created with lower tuning, sad melodies, and Mika Tauriainen's amazingly emotional voice. It was a sort of dark simplicity that needed no distortion to feel heavy. Now the heaviness is unfortunately gone - tuning is higher, production is lighter, the overall feeling is almost happy! Despite the sad lyrics, like How Can I Make it through the Night. Do not let them fool you. Happy tunes - blergh.

Shamrain - How Can I Make It Through The Night? by Universalfi

The singer's voice is pretty at times, but there are a few buts. I must admit - her voice is not strong enough for this. Too fragile. Probably might have worked better in the old ShamRain style. The worst thing is, though, that sometimes I think I can hear off tune singing (e.g. in Slow the World). It's a very unpleasant feeling to listen to music and hear that it's not right, and also to be constantly afraid that it's gonna go terribly wrong at some point.
Other terrible additions are for instance the 80s synths that remind me of something too awful to even write. Sorry.

Isolation is not completely crap, though. It has its good moments, particularly the two the last songs, Horizon and The Deep End of the Horizon, which are closest to the old sound of ShamRain. Dreamy, somehow ocean-like, melancholic.

Rating for Isolation: 4/10. Two good songs in there that are too good to give a rating lower than this... But, I'm probably not going to listen to the rest of this album anymore. Not my style of music. But I don't mind, because their old stuff is so good and it's still there to listen to.

My favorite ShamRain album still is Someplace Else from 2005. The two other albums are great as well. Here are some of my older ShamRain favorites from their three earlier albums. Great autumn songs.

Empty World Excursion (2003):
Fail
Pieces
Withdraw

Someplace Else (2005):
Aura
Laren U Freht Ona
To Leave
A Woeful Song:



Goodbye to all that (2007):
No One Remembers Your Name
Passing Shadows
Raindrops

6 comments:

  1. hi there... could you please upload the cd or something?? it's been almost a month and it's not up on the internet... your review got me so interested, I loved their previous efforts... or email me or something, pleaseee :D

    eduardo_olivier@hotmail.com

    that would be my email... thank you in advice :D

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  2. Dear Sir, how about you just go to a record store and buy the cd? Or listen to it on Spotify, like I did. Uploading or downloading copyrighted material online is illegal and I do not support it.

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  3. Sorry if I sounded rude or something, I live in Mexico so Spotify is dead here, and I'm pretty sure that in my local record stores if I ask for ShamRain they're gonna say "what the fuck is that?" so,it's a lost cause really, that's why I asked for the digital copy, but well, I'd like to say that I have the 3 cd's of them on physical copy, I just need to listen to it before ordering from Finland... anyway, thank you :)

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  4. Ok. But Spotify is a product of the internet, I think it's possible to download it and use it anywhere, despite location, no? I don't have the album as a digital nor physical copy myself, a few listens through Spotify were enough.

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  5. You sound like a cunt.

    Really, i'm not reading this prick blog anymore..

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  6. supernaiveX, how about you go and fuck yourself

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