ARTIST:

DISTRICT 97

(UNITED STATES)
TITLE:

SCREENS

(2019)
LABEL:

GLASS ONYON

GENRE:

PROGRESSIVE ROCK

TAGS:
Female vocals, Fusion, Jazzy
"Stuck between a fusion tone not easy to apprehend and a too formatted vocal, "Screen" leaves the listener on the side of the road."
ABADDON (30.01.2020)  
2/5
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After a period of stability that lasted three albums and one live, District 97 renewed its line-up with the arrival of a new keyboardist and a new bassist. The quintet still evolves in a rather fusion style, mixing jazzy and even soul tones with metal features for a music that moves away from stereotypes.

The musical execution of "Screens" is of an extreme precision: obviously everything has been thought, weighed, matured for a rendering as accurate as possible. The punctuality of the drums, the rigour of the bass lines (with a small dedicated solo in 'Forest Fire' as a bonus), the finesse of the keyboard arrangements - often in the background - show an indisputable technical mastery.

As far as the compositions are concerned, there is a clear will not to fit into the usual moulds: the guitar riffs can be sharp, the keyboards are very pleasant (the intro of 'Sheep', mellow), the tone breaks are numerous ('Shapeshifter'), but there are few melodic lines, nor any striking instrumentals: District 97 is not easily accessible, and this lack of endearing melodies, this refusal of a consensual melodic line, are penalizing in the long run, despite all the technical qualities we can recognize in the ensemble. The music takes on a very intellectual tone in these assemblages which finally sound rather artificial, because they are too thoughtful, lacking spontaneity. 

Leslie Hunt's voice reigns on the whole, from the famous TV show "The Voice". She has the markers requested by this television institution: vocal power ("she sends") and permanent emphasis. Although she can't be reproached for the placement, the breath and the accuracy, she uses some trendy tricks, in particular the propensity to use small high-pitched hooks on the beginning of sentences. Her vocal is most often powerful  and it is likely that her interpretation would benefit from being more measured ('Blueprint'). Curiously, this strong marker that Leslie Hunt's voice could be, in wanting to stick to the spirit of the times, becomes an instrument for trivializing a music that at first is not easily accessible.

In the end, this album without any real flaw has some difficulties to convince. Stuck between a fusion tone not easy to apprehend and a too formatted vocal, without a really determined musical direction, "Screen" leaves the listener on the side of the road. A pity.


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TRACK LISTING:
01. Forect Fire
02. Sheep
03. Sea I Provide
04. Bread & Yarn
05. Trigger
06. After Orbit Mission
07. Shapeshifter
08. Blueprint
09. Ghost Girl

LINEUP:
Andrew Lawrence: Claviers
Jim Tashjian: Guitares / Choeurs
Jonathan Schang: Batterie / Percussions
Leslie Hunt: Chant
Tim Seisser: Basse
   
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EDDYA
30/01/2020
 
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Batteur manquant de présence, compositions inégales, production plus que moyenne (leur son est le meme depuis le debut, pas pro ... il serait bien de penser a passer par un vrai studio apres 4 album :) ... bref, je me lasse de plus en plus de ce groupe qui pourtant a plus que les capacités de faire un truc sympa.
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