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CIRCUS OF LIFE

Magic Pie

 

Symphonic Prog

3.77 | 178 ratings

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Tarcisio Moura
Prog Reviewer
4 stars Magic pieīs second efford is almost as perfect as the first one. Well, Iīm saying almost for personal reasons. Some of my friends claim this album is in fact superior to Motions Of Desire. Itīs hard to tell, really, since I think they are both similar and they are also excellnet prog records by all means. There are two songs that I label a little under the five star rating, while on the debut they were all top notch.

Anyway this fantastic sextet from Norway has made another great work. Strong 70īs sounds and atmospheres still lead the bandīs compositions and playing, but the groupīs music is quite original on itself. I really love Kim Stenbergīs guitar, very fluid and melodic, the man knows how to dose the necessary amount of virtuosity. His playing is beautiful and very soulful. The same can be said of Gilbert Marchall: great use fo the Hammond organ, mini moog and, sometimes, the mellotron. The rest of the band is equally skilled, but the vocals are really stunning: they seem simple most of the time, but they are actually very well crafted. This is a rare case of a band who cares to give the vocals the same precision and intricated arrangments given to the instrumental parts.

Conclusion: 4,5 stars. to me not really a classic, but comes very close to that. And a must have for any symphonic prog lover. Highlight:Trick Of The Mind suite (over 20 minutes of pure joy). Magic Pie is one of the most interesting and beautiful prog bands of the new millenium. Highly recommended.

Tarcisio Moura | 4/5 |

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