Odyssice - Moondrive Plus CD (album) cover




Symphonic Prog

3.86 | 49 ratings

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kev rowland
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3 stars Odyssice's first album, 'Moondrive', was originally released in 1996, comprising a 30 minute suite divided into five songs. This has now been remastered and reissued by Cyclops, along with bonus songs and a CD-ROM elements which comprises live videos, biogs etc (hence the 'Plus' of the title). Odyssice are an instrumental quartet and while drummer Menno Boomsa and bassist Pascal van de Pol keep it all together, there is no doubt that the melody stakes belong to keyboardist Jeroen van der Wiel and guitarist Bastiaan Peeters. While Jeroen trades licks with Bastiaan, he also does a fine job of providing a curtain of keyboards as a backdrop so that Bastiaan can provide Andy Latimer/David Gilmour/Gary Chandler -style lead lines against them.

Although there are no vocals they aren't missed just because there doesn't appear to be any room for them. This is extremely polished, with each musician knowing their place and working together to produce an album that is quite beautiful in some respects, and very interesting and enjoyable throughout. This isn't an album that is hard to listen to, the music flows and ebbs, but always with plenty of melody and a simple complexity. This isn't about playing music at the speed of light, or showing off as to how quickly things can be done but instead playing the music that suits the mood and the piece. An album for progheads who don't always want to be blown away or have to work at their listening pleasure.

Originally appeared in Feedback #78, April 2004

kev rowland | 3/5 |


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