Dunlavy

The Navigator Closes His Eyes

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The follow-up to The Alison Effect, The Navigator Closes His Eyes pushes Dunlavy's sound further into heavy acid rock, reaching peaks of psychotic depression and detachment. The main weakness of Scott Grimm's project is its lack of a proper drummer. The rhythm tracks are square, stiff, unimaginative, and even occasionally shaky. If you can forget the drums, then the music works just fine -- even better than that at times, thanks to good guitar riffs and solos, plus the vocal delivery of ex-Mike Gunn John Cramer. The undisputable highlight of the set is "Little One": The story of a crewman and a navigator stranded on the planet where their ship crashed, it features devastating guitar riffs and a great tension between the detachment of the music and the desperation of the crewman. This is the only place on the album where the music is emotionally charged, and it works marvelously. Also over ten minutes long, "The Crushing Weight" consists of a number of guitar riffs stacked in layers, with Grimm shifting from one to another on the editing block. Distorted bass and ghostly vocals round up the piece, but it actually has little to offer beyond its menacing looks. "Unknown" and "Mohawk Valley" work out better, the latter especially, thanks to its Texas desert feel.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1
4:48
2
2:51
3
11:27
4
3:02
5
10:39
6
6:29
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