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Focus - Focus II [Aka: Moving Waves] CD (album) cover




Symphonic Prog

4.09 | 639 ratings

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5 stars Best Focus album, undoubtely.

The tittle track is a short, magic song with great piano works. Le clochard is the first Akkerman's accoustic guitar song on Focus, and with the mellotron it gets a special atmosphere... simply awesome. Janis, also composed by Akkerman, is a simple and beautiful flute piece, and Focus II, with Jan's guitar, the wonderful organ of Thys, the jazzy interludes and beat changes make this track one of the best songs of the band's discography. I think (and I don't want to have problems with Focus fans) that the famous opening track is so interesting, but so repetitive... Of course, it's a gem into symphonic rock history, but Hocus Pocus is a little overrated... However, this is a good starting to this masterpiece.

Eruption is the perfect example to make an over 20-minutes piece: variated, too many beat and sound changes, rocker for a while (Akkerman's "The Bridge") and then more soft and pleasant (Thys' "Euridice"). It's pure symphonic madness, full of virtuosity.

So many critics could say that this album is maybe directionless, but I prefer this one as the Focus best effort and not Hamburguer Concerto, because it's is a gem too, but extremely elaborated and for that reason, HC has many parts to fill the LP... Moving Waves have not passages to fill the album; each minute of music is full of feeling and power.

This is the best studio album from the best symphonic prog band.

sircosick | 5/5 |


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