For Ummagma’s sophomore album effort, following up from their self-titled debut effort, the band present ‘Antigravity’, featuring a more mature style of music than what was present on ‘Ummagma’. For ‘Antigravity’, Ummagma offer up more of their dreamy pop-styled alternative music, similar to what was present on the first album, though all sounding more progressed. There’s an element that ‘Antigravity’ offers a little less of a diverse album experience than the band’s debut effort, with specific musical styles not being present on the new album, though what is present on ‘Antigravity’ is all interestingly progressed and thought-out.
On ‘Antigravity’, Ummagma offer up a more meticulous album experience. Each track seems to follow more strict rules than what was present on the debut album, which results in a very strong album that flows brilliantly. Each track contributes towards the overall album’s feeling, each being relevant to the presentation of the album itself. At the forefront of everything though is the sheer quality of how great everything sounds. The musical style of Kretov still combines brilliantly with McLarnon’s vocal styles, with the duo’s natural chemistry coming through brilliantly to present the strengths of the songs. Everything seems well thought-out, with specific care and attention to how each song contributes towards the overall album’s presentation. For the most part, it all works well and helps present ‘Antigravity’ as a very strong album.
As enjoyable and strong as ‘Antigravity’ is, it seems to fall ever so slightly flat at certain moments, with the overall album not really sounding as interesting as the band’s debut effort. There’s a number of great tracks on ‘Antigravity’, but for the most part, they’re all contributing towards the whole album, and sadly don’t sound as interesting as stand-alone tracks (unlike the highlights from the first album). The particular weakness comes in the album’s first half, which seems to open the album up to a somewhat sluggish pace, before it all really gets going.
Although there’s an element that it might not be as good as the band’s debut album ‘Ummagma’, ‘Antigravity’ does contain a good number of strengths of its own that helps make it a great album in its own right. It contains a number of strong working elements that wasn’t present on ‘Ummagma’, which suggest that the band are really thinking about progression, and are trying out new ideas and elements to help progress themselves as a band. Perhaps one or two ideas need fine-tuning here and there, but at least Ummagma have managed to utilize enough strengths to present ‘Antigravity’ as a good strong album.
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Ummagma’s latest album ‘Antigravity’ is out now and can be purchased at: http://ummagma.bandcamp.com/album/antigravity