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VIELLEICHT BIST DU EIN CLOWN?

Novalis

 

Symphonic Prog

3.15 | 45 ratings

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febus
Special Collaborator
Honorary Collaborator / In Memoriam
2 stars THE BEGINNING OF THE END.

By 1978, all prog band were required by their recording companies to forget about long suites and long trips at the bottom of the topographic oceans. So everybody , including NOVALIS have to adapt. With their precedent album BRANDUNG, the band members already made a slight turn and got a hit, the radio friendly ''IRGENDWO, IRGENDWANN''

The change of sound will go further with VIELLEICHT BIST DU EIN CLOWN? No more long suites, no more NOVALIS ,the 18th century romantic writer , poems adaptations. The music is definitely more straightforward, the Keyboards of LUTZ RAHN take definitely a back seat leaving the lead to a more rock oriented guitar from DETLEF JOB. Not that there is bad music on this album, but there is nothing that can be compared to the first 3and a half albums.The symphonic side of the band has all but vanished (almost) entirely.

THE MAGIC HAS GONE FOREVER!

Listen to the horrible MANCHMAL FALLT DER REGEN! A cheesy chorus, poor vocals, cliche AOR guitar sounding; easy to forget! I think also that the vocals of MUHLBOCK are really drownibg the album; he sounds sometimes harsh, more suited for a beer fest than for a symphonic prog band. Here and there, you can hear glimpses of the past, thanks to occasionaly tasty keyboard playing from RAHN, but that's always in the background. This album sounds like MUHLBOCK'S album; he is in the front, the other members just are like working for him.

The highlight??? Yes there is...one!!! of course it is an instrumental, of course it is penned by RAHN; it is a 6mn keyboard- driven trip back to NOVALIS magic land, very reminiscent of what we were used in the past. Classic great NOVALIS.The last Hurrah!

But 6mns don't make an album!! 6mns of happiness versus 27 mns of forgetable music???

This is the last NOVALIS i review! they released more albums after this one, but you can guess how they sound. The songs will get even shorter in the 3-4 mn length.

Thanks anyway for 3 and a half WONDERFUL MAGICAL albums!

2 STARS!

febus | 2/5 |

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