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Zarah - A Teartown Story (CD Used)
Sleeve Very Good Plus
Media Near Mint Condition
At first spin, this is a very good record. With subsequent spins it just gets better, and German quintet Ricochet's history of playing together for 10-years is very apparent. Ricochet's second album (not counting demos) is a concept piece that tells the story of Zarah, an inner-city girl with an awful life, misunderstood by friends, and abused as a child. She murders her father and eventually commits suicide in jail. Yet at the end there's a glimmer of hope and the understanding that life goes on. Yet rather than sounding morbid the songs project a tone of questioning, and of anger. It's deep rather than dark, yet very powerful. The story line is advanced by several of prog's standard tools - a children's playground, heavy breathing masking a tempo shift, footsteps and a creaking door, a distant muted scream, a 2-minute silence near the end, the Floydian "Great Gig In The Sky" section in the last track, a brief radio announcement ... clichéic perhaps but they're brief and they do the job. Musically, Zarah - A Teartown Story falls somewhere in the middle of progressive metal, neo prog, and hard rock. The sound is in the same genre as label-mates Cryptic Vision. Or imagine a cross between Threshold and Arena - or perhaps a more symphonic version of Queensryche. In fact during the power ballad "Silent Retriever" you mind may trick you into hearing strains of "Silent Lucidity". Ricochet's sound is melodic and thankfully the performances emphasize emotion over flash, sentiment over technique. There are plenty of great chops and there's no shortage of technique, but your lasting impression will be of the more pedestrian sections, the soulful guitar solos, the wailing appeals in the excellent vocals, and the strong but usually simple piano and keyboard lines that lend the piece its rich texture.
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Specifications
Type: CD Used
Recorded: 2005
Release Date: 2005-03-02
Label: Progrock Records
Country: US
Item No: PRR330
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Track List
01 Entering The Scene
02 Teartown
03 Disobedience
04 Silent Retriever
05 Cincinnati Road
06 Caught In The Spotlight
07 Final Curtain
08 The Red Line
09 A New Days Rising