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A very eclectic album but with hopefully something for everyone.

X Contract are a Danish band specialising in their form of alternative rock defined in their PR material as melancholic emotional rock! The band has recently released ´Dearest Dream´, which is their second release.

The album starts in a promising way with ´Building A Dream´ which is a short and sweet rock based guitar instrumental. The backing tracks to the following songs ´The Pain´ and ´How Would I´ remain rock based but the vocals when they appear have a very indie feel to them; I guess melancholic is a good description. This and the sound and piano based tracks such as the subsequent ´As The Fire Starts´ shows a similarity with bands such as Radiohead and Coldplay, X Contract is not a straight forward rock band.

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The album becomes more indie further through the album, a constant plus though is the guitar sound which is mature and full-bodied. Mysterious vocals and synthesizer arrangements keep the overall sound well south of rock though. A nice but atypical song is ´Realise´ which is a straight forward acoustic track with jangling guitars and the vocals really work well with the vibe. X Contract excel on their more simple songs and this is exemplified in the following song, ´Save Your Time´. This has a more catchy melody and the overall orchestration leads to a more commercial and accessible listening experience. Then out of the blue comes ´Insomina´ with a brooding guitar riff and vocals which are more upbeat backed by a harmonised guitar whining. This song is by far the stand out track on the album and I would have welcomed it further up the album, replacing some of the more downbeat tracks. ´Attitude´ is very different but very listenable with a metal rap vocal courtesy of Michael Fynne and is very much in Linkin Park territory. The final two tracks move quickly back into melancholic territory melody wise but with soaring guitar breaks.

‘Dearest Dream’ is, in summary, a very eclectic album but with hopefully something for everyone.

Rob McKenzie

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