Closure in Moscow – Pink Lemonade

Closure in Moscow - Pink Lemonade (album cover)It’s been five years since Closure in Moscow released their debut First Temple; an album that showcased a masterful level of songwriting, musicianship and flare. In the interim there had been whispers about upcoming material, even a surprise single in the form of "The Impeccable Beast", which gave fans a sample of the progression going on behind closed doors. Now, over two years on from that single and we’re approaching the release of the band's second full-length Pink Lemonade. So, has it been worth the wait?

It’s instantly apparent when looking at the track list that this isn’t going to be First Temple Pt. 2. Tracks reaching up to the 9-minute mark confirm a further extension into the world of progressive rock that has always lurked beneath the surface, further cementing comparisons to the likes of The Mars Volta, not to mention the mountainous heights Christopher deCinque’s vocals continue to reach a la Cedric. Comparisons to other modern progressive artists are soon extinguished once we dig our teeth into Pink Lemonade, which is almost doomed to exist under the vague moniker of progressive simply because the album traverses such a diverse landscape of sounds.

Pink Lemonade is laden with 70s throwback guitar play, experimental structuring featuring spoken word relating to the somewhat cryptic concept, not to mention bombastic musical style vocal hooks, it sounds like a very different, ultimately enticing proposition. Yet as the album negotiates its way through the world in which it inhabits, it soon becomes lost in these landscapes, each song a melting pot for a plethora of different styles that sit uncomfortably together. There are a few occasions when it suddenly all makes sense and it feels like no time has passed at all. There’s that familiar cold shiver of adrenaline coursing through your veins, every hair standing on end, and Closure in Moscow are finally with you once more only to be snatched away and reanimated as a band that seems so intent to escape its own shadow.

It saddens us to say that Pink Lemonade doesn’t live up to the five-year wait. There are very few moments where the concise and constantly engaging songwriting synonymous with Closure in Moscow appear on the album, several of the more prog-like tracks feel overly long and dare we say it, indulgent. There’s a distinct lack of focus, moments that on the one hand could be deemed experimental or eccentric can similarly be labeled mish-mashed and distracted.

Anyone can agree that growth and change are vital to keeping a band alive, and whilst we admire the obvious passion and love poured into ‘Pink Lemonade,’ the eclecticism of the album is its undoing. The love we have for Closure in Moscow’s first two releases knows no bounds, and the progression between ‘The Penance and the Patience’ and ‘First Temple’ was a fine example of how a band can mature and hone their sound, yet ‘Pink Lemonade’ sullies what was such a promising experience.

Release: May 9th 2014, Sabretusk/MGM

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