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1.97 | 18 ratings

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1 stars Epidaurus released a good album in 1977 and then took a little rest...Seventeen years actually ! Times have changed in the meantime. So, did the band. And not for the best.

The album nicely opens on an a spacey instrumental. It sounds as a good start for a concept album, but unfortunately it won't be the case. I quite liked the special and high pitched vocals from Chrisitane Wand so what the heck do we need these weird male vocals during "Tonight" ? and even if "Tonight" is also pleasant, these vocals partially ruin it. Pop influence is already present. Symph pop ?

"October 1919" is my fave "Endangered" song. Another good instrumental even if it is a bit repetitive.

Now, most of the following numbers are not really great. Mellow and uninspired music. Vocals will have a more important role but I have to say that the fantasy of their first work is gone. Most compositions sound the same and when you listen to this album in a row, some sort of dull feeling prevails.

The "climax" is reached with "Between the Lines". Believe me, there is nothing to read between them. The worse here even if Christiane tries to save it a bit. Actually, in this song her tone of voice reminds me Jerney Kaagman (from "Earth & Fire").

Well, maybe that the worse was not reached, yet : "Seed In Your Heart" is particularly hard to diggest. Poor "commercial" song (although I doubt that the band could reach the charts with such a song). Pop / disco with trumpets and tutti quanti. Bad, bad, bad.

Even if the mood is still on the mellow side, the closing number is probably one of "best" song of the album. Nice acoustic intro (at last we got rid of those awful rhythms) !

Absolutely not essential of course. One little star and time for "Epidaurus" to call it quit (actually they should have done it after their first album, at least they would have been recalled for having released a good album).

ZowieZiggy | 1/5 |


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