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NARCISSUS GOES TO THE MOON

Visible Wind

 

Neo-Prog

3.79 | 61 ratings

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ZowieZiggy
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4 stars I was very disappointed with their previous release : "Emergence". It seemed that the band did not really know which option to follow : hard / heavy -rock or some symphonic one.

The answer for this release is by no doubt the latter one, and I can't complain about this. Most of the tracks will be beautiful ones and they have little to see with their previous two efforts. Even if a song like "Xenophobia" features some (hard) neo-prog moments, these will be kept to a minimum. This one is a damned good song. But the whole of the early tracks are very pleasant (with a special for "Fuzzy Concept").

As usual, this Canadian band will deliver one song with French lyrics ("Intravenus"). It is rather strange that when singing in French, the vocals will immediately evoque Christian Descamps ("Ange") and his theatrical style. This is not the case while Claude Rainville sings in English. "Intravenus" is one of my fave : fully symphonic, great keys and as I have described : complex vocals. (actually, the last part of the song is in English). Some fantastic guitar work will close this number. Extremely powerful moment. A highlight on this album and one of their best songs ever.

"Lunar Doubts" won't be of that caliber although it is not a bad track. Vocals are not great and the hard side of their music is emerging. Some weaker moments follow : from "Join My Soul" through the short "Ambulance". Maybe a break before the epic moment of this album.

"The Awakening" is their best achievement. Over twenty-one minutes etween neo and symph. It is of course complex. Theme & language changes (French and English again), weird atmosphere, subtle fluting and acoustic parts (but not many) will give an almost classical angle to this great piece of music. The middle part in this respect is particularly great. Flamboyant, bombastic, but light at the same time. It's not so that one can really find an exceptional moment out of here. The song has to be taken as a whole and appreciated as such.

It is divided into seven parts which are never boring. The interest of the listener is always alive thanks to the variety of moods that one can find during this piece. But I guess that to fully great, it should have deserved a greater finale and probably a memorable solo or two. Nonetheless, it is a good moment of music.

Now, as a bonus track on some editions, you'll get "Strange Days". Yes, the one of "The Doors". Maybe out of purpose but I have to say that their version is quite good. Sounds different of course (but that how a cover is best). Totally unexpected but well achieved.

This is easily worth seven out of ten and I will will upgrade my rating to four stars. Their best album so far.

ZowieZiggy | 4/5 |

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