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Nine Stones Close: Traces
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Nine Stones Close: Traces

Melodic/Progressive Rock

The mood of Nine Stones Close's second album Traces may give many a listener pause. This is a bleak album, rife with melancholy, moodiness, and sorrow. Promotional materials describe Traces as 'a journey through loss, growing up and getting older. Letting things go and learning how to move on. Asking questions that don't have immutable answers, telling stories that don't necessarily have happy endings. Coming to terms with things you can't change or control. Mood music not for elevators. Understanding that being alive sometimes means hurting ...'

I'm not sure these are the words of founder Adrian Jones, who has had his share of tribulations, but the music certainly reflects the description. Pushing emotions through Porcupine Tree and Pink Floyd, and feeling, at times, nearly doomish, this is deep and somber music.

The reverberations of melancholy begin with the acoustic guitar start of the instrumental Reality Check, only to move into a passage of heavy riffage. Threads follows, and can only be described sorrowful, nearly dark. Acoustic guitar starts Falling to Pieces, and sadness defines it. And so it goes. Loneliness fits the moody title cut, but offers and up tempo conclusion, a striking contrast to the entirety. Thicker Than Water melds all these feelings in a 15 minute melancholic and sorrowful journey.

Despite the bleakness of the lyrics and music, Traces remains interesting, but not for the despondent or depressed. Perhaps the most impressive aspect of the album is Adrian Jones guitar work which eerily intones a style similar to David Gilmour much of the time.

Nine Stones Close's Traces is interesting, but dark and melancholic, progressive rock, and not for the faint of heart or despondent in soul. - New fiction, crime fiction by Craig Hartranft

In Short

Nine Stones Close's Traces is interesting, but dark and melancholic, progressive rock, and not for the faint of heart.

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