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Senmuth - Tishina posle vspleska - 30%

ConorFynes, January 17th, 2011

Russian for 'Silence After A Splash', 'Tishina Posle Vspleska' shows Senmuth revisiting some of his older material, and letting other artists and fellow musicians add their contributions to it. All vocalists here, there are some voices here that a Senmuth listener will find familiar, and a few that are fresh. Keeping in mind that a fair portion of the songs here are revisions on existing Senmuth songs, the validity of 'Tishina Posle Vspleska' should be mostly based on how well the vocal renditions have been executed. Unfortunately, the actual effectiveness of each vocal performance varies from good, to pretty terrible.

Anyone who has kept up with Senmuth for a while should see that Senmuth generally works quite well when collaborating with other musicians. This makes an album that is solely comprised of collaborations quite a promising prospect. However, the album generally fails to deliver the goods, instead taking previously instrumental tracks ('Morning Depth', most notably) and adding singing that-more often than not- offers little to the enjoyment of the music. In terms of the singing itself, there is a great variety of singing here, which also means that there is a large range in how successful the singers are. While none of the singers are particularly impressive, some manage to take the poetic sibilance of the Russian language and give a pleasant addition to the music. This is more of an exception than a rule however.

Most disappointing here is the actual addition of 'rapping' vocals, which are- quite frankly- bad to the point of being laughable. While I am a casual fan of some of the better Hip-Hop out there, the rapping here sounds ridiculous and childish, and takes the cake of being the worst vocal delivery here, although some of the more pop-oriented vocals also really fail.

That being said, this is an interesting idea for Senmuth to add some vocals (read: human touch) to some of his songs, and some of the songs (particularly the rendition of 'Morning Depth' and the cleanly-sung parts of the album's closer) do benefit from this fresh perspective. As it is however, the album has too many laughably bad vocal contributions to