Dark Tranquillity - Exposures: In Retrospect And Denial
A collection of songs that are leftovers from albums and some old demo-recordings don't exactly make me raise my expectations. Songs of that kind are generally left out from an album because of a reason, and that is that they don't fit in or aren't good enough. But why Dark Tranquillity have left these ones out I just cant figure out? They are all really good and I cant see a reason why they have been left out from Projector, Haven or the Damage Done album.
Static and The Poison Well comes from the Damage Done (2002) sessions and is just as good as any of the others on that album, or even better than some. They go in the same great way as the others on Damage Done with driving guitars and are filled with melodic parts and great harmonies, not least with the melody-lines with the great keyboard playing from Martin Brändström. In Sight, Misery In Me and Cornered are from the Haven (2000) sessions and yet again you can hear which album they should have been on. Misery In Me and Cornered is of the harder kind whilst In Sight is slower and more emotional with great clean vocals from the otherwise superb growler Stanne. And finally from the Projector (1999) sessions we find the tracks No One and Exposure. No One is of the mid-tempo kind with aggressive verses and has a slower yet powerful refrain, again with clean vocals. Exposure is perhaps one of the better tracks Dark Tranquillity has ever done, fast and aggressive like the earlier kind of their music but with the vocal and melodylines from their later period, it is packed with energy and is furiously beautiful.
The last five tracks are demo-recordings with descent
sound quality and a song material that perhaps isn't their best but
at least good enough to enjoy. These tracks also sees Anders Fridén
from In Flames as vocalist before Mikael Stanne that played guitar at
the time took over the vocals.
The second disc is a live album with good sound from a concert that sounds to have been really great. The concert is the same as on the Live Damage DVD-release, and this album contains a great collection with nineteen great Dark Tranquillity songs where the intensity and energy from their performance is captured. So while the first disc of Exposure is a great way to get deeper into Dark Tranquillity the second disc serves as the perfect introduction to one of Sweden's better bands, all to the price of one CD. This is a must have for all Dark Tranquillity fans of the mentioned albums. These songs are just too good to be missed.