Sound — 9
Australian rockers The Butterfly effect come back with thier second release 'Imago', the follow up to 2003 debut 'Begins Here'. On first listen you can tell that the boys from Brisbane have grown as muscians with alot more complicated structures and alot more melody and harmony compared to begins here and the self titled e.p. Imago is definatly softer than anything they have done before, but is in no way less, and possibly better.But in saying that, the first single 'A Slow Descent' is one of the heavier tracks and has just debuted at #18 on the ARIA charts so well done to the boys. This album was produced by Joe Barassi, best known for his work Queens of the Stone Age and recently Tool's 10,000 days, and you can definately feel his input throughout this album. The bass and guitar work in this album are brilliant, kurt and glenn really come together well, really fitting with the songs and Ben, well his drums are fucking cool as always.
Lyrics — 10
The lyrics in this album are more softer than previous, but it is Clint Boge's voice that is the main stand out of the whole album. I personally believe hat he is the best Rock singer Australia has ever produced. His lyrics do not stand out but his voice does. It can make you want to cry, jump around and go nuts or just sit back in awe, and it can do this all within the space of one song.
Overall Impression — 9
I cant really compare The Butterfly Effect to any other band. I just can not think of who they sound like, and I think that is one of the reasons they are so good. This album may take a couple of listens before you relly get the whole picture and once you do its amazing. I would recommend this album to anyone who like good Aussie rock. I'm giving Imago a 9 whilst I would probaly give Begins Here a 10. I would suggest checking both of them out.