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TIME'S FORGOTTEN Dandelion (2009)

Times Forgotten

A prog rock concept album. Now, that's the sort of thing we like here at GRTR!

And the 'tricky' second album from Time's Forgotten manages to bridge the gap between old and new 'classic' rock admirably.

The Costa Rican based 6-piece meld modern riffery with the more classic rock sound of say, Rush laced with a heavy shot of melody, proggy Yes style time shifts and atmospheric interludes.

At the centre of the band's sound are the almost Linkin' Park style riffs of Leonardo Valverde, the excellent vocals of Francisco Longhi, and some superbly fluid lead guitar lines from Ari Lotringer.

There's a beautiful balance to the component parts - Juan Pablo Calvo's keyboards/programming adding texture and subtle interludes, while the rhythm section of Jorge Sobrado (drums) and Carlos Pardo (bass) hold it all together.

The band see their style as one of fusion, ranging from a heavy wall of sound to delicate world music - tin whistles and uillean pipes being used to add perfectly to the ambience.

It's difficult to fully appreciate an album like Dandelion on only a few listens. It clearly requires, and deserves, savouring over an extended period. Recommended.


Review by Pete Whalley

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***** Out of this world | **** Pretty damn fine |
*** OK, approach with caution unless you are a fan |
** Instant bargain bin fodder | * Ugly. Just ugly

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