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Earth And Fire


Symphonic Prog

3.50 | 123 ratings

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3 stars Earth & Fire keeps on building on the same foundations. An epic song, a great commercial pop tune and a couple of good songs to release a good album. Sounds familiar.

OK, this is probably right. Still, for the mellotron lovers (but not only) the title track "Atlantis" will be a very sweet moment. It is a very diverse song; it sounds almost as there is little links between the seven parts. "Rise And Fall" (hummm, I have already heard this...) is one my preferred excerpts. Very interesting keyboards. The most beautiful one, is the gorgeous "Theme From Atlantis" of course. An extraordinary harmony, but this is symphonic rock, right ?

"The Threat" is a bit weak in comparison. Almost grotesque at times. I can't really be too much enthusiast about "Destruction". The poppiest part of the whole song. It actually sounds more as a collage than as a truely epic. For the fianl touch, some crystal clear vocals during the "Epilogue". It is obvious that the band is willing to reproduce "Song From The Marching Children".

I will get acquainted to the band with the next song "Maybe Tomorrow, Maybe Tonight". A phenomenal symphonic prog pop song (is this a new genre ?). It will pave the way for several other of their great pop songs. This song was frequently aired on the radio. How much I loved it !

It features fantastic vocals (but you know my feeling about Jerney), great keyboard riff and a sublime guitar break. When you SEE them performed, the charm (hi Jerney) fully operates. On top of her great voice, she is so ... beautiful. OK, OK...

The short "Interlude" is pleasant but not really essential while "Fanfare" is of course of another caliber. The third good number : fully in-line with the most symphonic of their music. The finale of the song is just wonderful. Superb mellotron. If, like me, you are found of this instrument, you'll just love it (by the way, this song is over six minutes not the short timing shown in the tracklist).

The closing number features a very quiet intro with acoustic guitar and aerial vocals (very much Grace oriented - once again).

This album is short. Even by 1973 standards (just to put things in perspective, "Selling" was over fifty-five minutes). This has been an Earth & Fire trade mark so far. Maybe a lack of creativity ?

Three stars.

ZowieZiggy | 3/5 |


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