Rating:
9.3
Canaan - The Unsaid Words
December 2005


01. The Wrong Side Of Things
02. This World Of Mine
03. Sterile
04. The Possible Nowheres
05. Fragment # 1
06. Senza Una Risposta
07. Fragment # 2
08. Fragile
09. Fragment # 3
10. In a Never Fading Illusion
11. Just Another Noise
12. Il Rimpianto
13. Thr Unsaid Words
14. Fragment # 4
15. Never Again
16. Nothing Left (To Share)


Canaan has earned a reputation for delivering dark, sensual, melancholic music paired with atmospheric, ambient songs, these 2 styles come once again to life in the latest opus of the Italian combo.

The album starts as their previous, with an ambient track, with the novelty that includes some church-like choirs, which sets the mood for the entire album. The real first track comes with "This World Of Mine" as soon I heard this fantastic song I knew that Canaan had a masterpiece here, the song flows soothing and delivering dark feelings, the keyboards do a great job in this song (and almost in every one), and for once I'm glad we can hear the keyboards in the front instead of listening them buried in the back.

Basically the whole album goes like this: one "real" song, and one instrumental/ambient track, in the latter style the band has evolved, creating little ambient pieces worth mentioning, like "Fragment #1" and "Fragment #2", if you like ambient stuff, check them out, otherwise, you can proceed to the real songs in the album.

As we march through the fest of despair, we find songs like "The Possible Nowheres" and "Fragile" slow pieces with a lot of emotion embedded in their lyrics and atmosphere. The album also contain some songs sung in the natal language of the band (Italian), "Senza Una Risposta" sounds incredible, I can't believe how well Italian lyrics entwine with Canaan music, is a experiment I would like to se more often.

The highpoint of the album comes with "In A Never Fading Illusion" my favorite song in the Cd and the one I've been listening over and over again for weeks, the song is quite emotional and overflowing with desolation, quite hard to put it on words.
The album ends with 3 more awesome songs, "Il Rimpianto", the title track "The Unsaid Words" and "Never Again".

The progress from their previous offering is unbelievable, the band finally found their sound, every song is remarkable, no fillers here, unless you like to skip the ambient tracks (which is completely understandable in some cases) but still you have nine songs to rot in your own misery.

Without a doubt, the best album of Canaan to the date, every fan of melancholic music should get this one immediately. Is a shame the album was released in December 2005 and I listened it on 2006, nevertheless, I'm including this one in my top 10 albums of 2005.


Band profile: Canaan
Album: The Unsaid Words


 


written by Undercraft | 16.02.2006



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__Az__ - 06.06.2007 at 00:40  
First Canaan material that Ive actually heard, and Ive only heard two tracks from this album, This World Of Mine and The Unsaid Words...

And, your right Undercraft... It is certainly dark, sensual, melancholic music... I would highly rate it. The best example of such a band I can think of one the top of my head.

I dont think theyre getting the attention they deserve, especially if they dont even have any Metalstorm fans yet....
pdepmcp - 20.08.2008 at 05:06  
The problem here is that canaan are hardly taggable as a metal band.
I found them on MS during a casual search for italian metal bands fetaured here.
the same applies to Klimt 1918 and some other bands too: they are quite far from MS mainstream so people doesn't even know they are fetaured here.

Anyway If you like this, you may probably want to check out Neronoia, a band composed by Canaan and Colloquio (Colloquio's singer sings every italian track on any Canaan CDs since the very beginning, including both italian tracks on TUW) members.
They are a bit more Noisy and industrial,but are surely worth a check (all songs in italian, though).

About the review, it's really fitting with the record. to bad you forgot to mention Nothing Left (To Share) that is one of my favs on the record...
Anyway I like this record but I think that A Calling To Weakness is better overall, probably because of the fillers that are less intrusive and let the record flow better with its depressive feeling even if TUW as perhaps better highlights.

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