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The Third and the Mortal — In This Room
(VOW 059, 1997, CD)

by Dane Carlson, Published 1998-02-01

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This is the second album with Ann-Mari Edvardson on vocals. If you have been a fan for a while, In This Room may throw you a bit. If it does, get right back on. When you first hear "So Pure," with its jazzy "beat poet" tonality or Ann-Mari's atonal vocal performances on "Sophisticated Vampires" and "Hollow," you may wonder what gives? (sounds more like X) The band has explored some new ground on these tracks, exploring influences some of us may not care to hear. They took a few chances, and while the vocals vary more on this release, The Third and the Mortal still offer something original; their blend of folk, gothic and rock continues to impress me. As demonstrated in the creepy "Did You," climaxing with Ann-Mari screaming "Did you kill me, Did you bury me." It's pretty intense. Or the dark ambient instrumental "Monody." In This Room still has the old magic, tracks like "Stream," "The Barge," or "Sleep" quickly remind how great the band is. The counterpoint of lovely vocals and wicked, grinding guitar, that is the heart of the music. This CD sees the band maturing and while this album isn't as solid as the last, it is still good, and has improved with a few listens.


Filed under: New releases, Issue 14, 1997 releases

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