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Cognitive Resonance

Cosmic Love - Single (2014)

4.0

March 28, 2014

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With a dreamy atmosphere and plenty of thoughtful rhythmic playfulness, Cognitive Resonance offers an engaging single with its release of Cosmic Love.

Yet I'm struggling with the lead's styling of this song. She has a lovely lyrical voice, flowery and beautiful and a joy to listen to, but this arrangement would have had more bite and tension if she put the brakes on the wide vibrato. The principal reason I'm attracted to the Chordials' version of this song (probably my favorite take) is because their lead channels this animalistic, guttural persona that just slices over everything under her; it sits right on the edge of in-control, which I think suits Florence + The Machine quite well and would have fit nicely into this well-crafted arrangement. There's a lot of power in being on the edge of control. So while we must always applaud fresh interpretations as to not get too literal in our genre, Cognitive Resonance's romantic lead stylings don't seem quite right to convey the acutely painful lyrics we all sing along to: "No dawn, no day, I'm always in this twilight..."

Is this still good a cappella? Absolutely! The wildly high and fancy flourishes at the end are a real treat to hear. Cognitive Resonance is a group on the move, and you'd be wise to stay tuned.

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