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Boomkat Product Review:
The sophomore album from Konstantin Gropper's Get Well Soon project arrives in the form of a concept album about the philosophical movement, Stoicism. Still, you needn't let that worry you, even the most cursory skimming of this record's surface proves to be a thoroughly charming and enriching experience. Running to just over an hour (and that's not even counting the bonus disc on the limited version of the album) Vexations is a bit of a long haul, but it's been incredibly well conceived, knitting together a sequence of timelessly crafted songs with meticulous, panoramic orchestration at every turn. Apparently it took Gropper twenty-three years to finally get his first album Rest Now, Weary Head! out into the world, but this one was rattled out over the course of the past year or two. That relative spontaneity has not come at the expense of an intelligently crafted body of work however, and Gropper's lyrics offer plenty to pour over, dropping plenty of references (occasionally vague or obscure ones) that catch the ear. One interesting moment, for example, comes during 'Werner Herzog Gets Shot', whose title presumably acknowledges that notorious Culture Show interview between the great director and Mark Kermode, in which Herzog was shot by the air rifle of an unknown gunman. Over the course of this song Gropper sings about taking risks and facing up to perils in the pursuit of art: "Let's try and fail/And be winning still". A rewarding and uncommonly mature collection of songs - recommended.