Review by JD on December 22, 2008.
Progressive music is a hard thing to pin down when trying to explain what exactly it is. Simply put it is open minded music that is either very good, and shows the beauty and majesty that music can have with an open mind... or it will simply spontaneously combusts and will be eaten in a horrible raging inferno of averageness. This album needs three fire stations to respond to it, and put it out.
Factory Of Dreams is the name of the band, and is grandiose right from the start. It seems that everyone on this album is bogged down in first gear, and is un-able to get it to the next level. It seems to be musically a sound idea... but never fully thought out. The musicians on here are clearly some really great ones, but feels like that are musically stuck. I don’t get a feeling of purpose out of them anywhere in the album.
No where on the album, dose it have a ‘bite’ to it. It plods along like a old plow horse, without any real variation from song to song. Jessica Letho’s vocals are actually the only real stand out, but seems never to be used effectively as the music seems to be almost the same throughout despite the talent... and lacks any passion, which in turn, weighs down the vocals even more.
I think a little reshuffle in the Factory Of Dreams might be in order, and perhaps a little change in the product as well. A little heavier sound ins in order and a little less progressive might be in order here. A little fire of the soul would be in order, but as it stands with "Poles"... it is clearly not an album I really liked.
Categorical Rating Breakdown
Rating: 5.6 out of 10