One of the perks with prog rock is that it keeps you guessing as to what is coming next; for all you know the band might randomly place in a keyboard solo mid way through a harmonic verse, just because they can. That is one of the reasons I love this type of music so much; it has no blue print - it is a completely individual experience in which every band has their own sound. This album, 'Wisdom of Crowds', doesn't do that as much as I feel it should. Half way through this 9 track album there is a track called 'Pretend' and, for me, this is the point in the album that I got bored. By track 6 you have heard it all and really feel that they aren't going to experiment any more.
This is shame, because the album is good. Don't get me wrong about that, I like this album. Lyrically it is strong and the vocals of Jonas Renkse are perfectly pitched throughout - but it just got dull. That isn't a good thing for any album, let alone one that belongs in the prog rock scene. There was so much more that could have been done with these songs. While I understand that they might not have wanted to over do it, by the end of the album it seems they are massively under doing it and it becomes a dreary album of simple guitar chords and little enthusiasm. There is only so far the vocals can carry an album.
So, if you like prog rock give this album a listen. It is very well put together, and on a production level it is masterfully done. Just don't listen to it in one sitting, mix it up a bit - stick it on shuffle.