Portugal. The Man - Censored Colors
Censored Colors is a bit longer than it’s predecessor, by 3 tracks, and it couldn’t have possibly been a better album to make their longest. Again, as I mentioned in my review of Church Mouth, every Portugal the Man album is the best at the time of it’s release, but due to the fact that they simply keep changing and evolving, I can not attest anymore as to whether or not an album is their best since they really are all wonderful. Censored Colors, however, is by far their darkest album.
Censored Colors favors a great reduction in tempo and is accompanied by the same great vocal talent. The harmonies of CC are a bit lower, a bit more gloomy, and just down right scary at some points (see “Out and In and In and Out” and “Intermission”). All of this is balanced perfectly into an aurally pleasing and quite relaxing 53 minutes of Portugal the Man greatness. Censored Colors also favors a bit more of a clean sound, primarily in the guitar/keyboard work. While of course, there is still the presence of dirt behind the ears of Gourley’s tuning keys, most of the album features clean and entrancing guitar. Most of the keyboard work sounds reminiscent of the organ playing at a baseball game and suits Portugal well.
Censored Colors is another great album by Portugal the Man and is a must have for any fan of good music. The only drawback (for first time listeners) is simply the length of the album. Censored Colors is more an album that can be thoroughly appreciated by an avid Portugal the Man fan but first time listeners of Portugal the Man may feel a little unnerved at first. Just give it a few more listens though, and it’s guaranteed to stick with you.
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on 2008-09-18 mountaloha Said:
This is a great album. Definetley not as powerful as their previous albums, but vocally more dominant than the rest. This is a good album to relax to anytime of day.