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DO ANDROIDS DREAM OF ELECTRIC CAMEL

Teru's Symphonia

 

Symphonic Prog

3.23 | 12 ratings

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ZowieZiggy
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3 stars I am quite perplexed about the whole work of this confidential band (at least outside of Japan).

The most difficult obstacle I had to overcome were not only the Japanese lyrics but especially the tone of voice of their lead vocalist. Megumi Tokuhisa sounding as a girl in her early teens for most of their albums. It was not too much of a problem for their debut one which was very much instrumental. But boy ! What a suffering afterwards. Until their previous album "Clockworked Earth" actually. Her voice had turned into some sort of Japanese Lene Lovitch (which I like very much BTW). Fortunately it will still be the case on this album.

Their style is now truely pompous. When you listen to "Do Androids", it is as if you were listening to "Laurence Of Arabia". Same sort of orchestration. Enjoyable melody, lush keys, some complexity and jazzy spices will make it varied. But still, these "Arabian" textures sound a bit strange...

"Maria" is in-line. A bit too much "orchestrated" at times. Some "Genesis" beats to make it catchy. A bit childish perhaps (vocals again...).

Their music is now fully symphonic (actually, I really don't know how to describe their work from "Egg the Universe" in 1988 and "Fable Of The Seven Pillows" in 1991). "Destination" confirms this feeling even if it takes a while to lift off. It is definitely the vocal improvements that are changing so much my miind about "Teru's Symphony". This song holds again some rather pleasant "Genesis" flavours.

The whole album is a nice journey throughout symphonic music with a pompous and grandiose accent. In this respect, I guess that band has listened to ELP ("Maiden Voyage" is another example).

If ever you would like to discover a mix between ELP and Lene Lovitch (quite a programme) this might be funny to discover.

Three stars.

ZowieZiggy | 3/5 |

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