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Cosmos Dream


Crossover Prog

3.15 | 9 ratings

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2 stars Cosmos Dream is yet another one-man project, this time set up by French singer and multi-instrumentalist Charles Roman.Charles is not just another musician in line, he happens to be the son of keyboardist Jacques Roman, a founding member of the legendary 70's French group Pulsar.While busy with his own group Ellips, Roman decided to put an effort on his own, composing his first work ''Hope of dream''.It started as a work thematically based on Georges Orwell's ''1984'', ending up as a soundscape of questions by Roman around this world's consistency and future.Upon finishing its recording, Charles made this album freely available via Jamendo.

It would be just impossible the music of Cosmos Dream not to have some sort of influence by Jacques Roman's PULSAR and basically ''Hope of dream'' is an Ambient/Space Rock release with tons of FLOYD-ian moves and atmospheric soundscapes, characterized by the soft guitar touches, the New-Age keyboard lines and Charles' sensitive vocals.However the two biggest flaws of this effort are the way-too-accented vocals of Roman and the mass of minutes flowing in a very hypnotic, ambiental mood with little variations and the Lounge, relaxed aesthetics being the main focus.The album lacks dynamics and energy, relying way too much on ethereal keyboards and soft piano lines, while the guitars are performed with extreme security, offering breezy yet rather impaired solos.On the other hand the discreet choirs, the attempt of Charles' on pre-recorded multi-vocals and some of his melodies do show some great potential, despite the very strong PINK FLOYD resemblances.Especially the two longest pieces ''Be there'' and '' Candlelight'' are fine Space Rock cuts with atmospheric synthesizers, elaborate electric solos and good vocal arrangements, yet always suffering by the strong French accent.''About today'' is another decent tune with airy keyboards, distorted vocals and maybe the more sufficient work by Roman on guitars with a pronounced electrified mood after the middle.

This album is available for free, so anyone can explore Cosmos Dream's music at no cost.It's not something extraordinary and occasionally very soft musically speaking, but I can see plenty of PINK FLOYD/PULSAR fans appreciating it...2.5 stars.

apps79 | 2/5 |


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