The compositions show the progressive influence that's so affluent within their artistic trajectory. The ambiance pervading this album is that of somber melancholy. A lugubrious tale about a man being exiled from a town and his beloved Melinda only return to her and find out her promise is made to another, though I won't reveal the ending. TAKE NOTE: If you listen closely to "The Moor," about 9 or 10 minutes into the song, when it quiets you can hear a sigh. Now this sigh was not Mikael or any of the other members. They recorded the vocals for that song at night while not a body was around outside the studio. Very mysterious indeed. Anyway, each track is a masterpiece and "Face of Melinda" is their best all-clean vocal track. P.S. I saw them play "The Moor" live at Graceland in Seattle, it was there first time performing that song live and it just happened to be my favorite song of theirs, emotionally powerful live band. In addition, good lyrics accompany their majestic music and they're music lovers, not just metal heads. Down-to-earth lads. I highly recommend this album to real music lovers not just metal heads. My personal favorite Opeth record to date.