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Like Wendy



3.70 | 47 ratings

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3 stars This is fine music, ladies and gentleman.

If ever you like the emotional vocals from Nick Barrett (from "Pendragon"), or Les Holroyd ("Barclay James Harvest) you will love the ones from Bert Heinen as well (especially during "Another Day", first part).

"Like Wendy" is more a one man's work than the one of a band. Behind "Like Wendy", only Bert Heinen. And a guest musician here and there. At least, the "band" wont' split.

"The Storm Inside" is a very accomplished debut album. It is amazing to see how many good bands are coming out of The Netherlands (and not Holland which is only a province of this country). It is made of catchy music, very accessible and love at first sight thing (if you can stand simple and melodic music).

Barclay James Harvest is just next door during "Falling Star" and "Birth". Same soft and pleasant music, same melodic guitar solo. This album features four ten minutes + songs and at times they sound a bit too long (like the middle part of "Birth" which is not really impressive). But the "BJH" filiation is present during almost each song. There is no real need to depict each of them.

Additional influence during the title track. The middle instrumental section has a VERY close link with "Genesis" ("In The Cage", "Slipperman" from "The Lamb"). It is the best portion of this song clocking at almost thirteen minutes. I have the same feeling again : it could have been cut a bit. Still, the wonderful vocals in the closing section is very emotional.

The last number has also its good "Genesis" and "Pendragon" moments, so if you like those bands, "Like Wendy" might well be appealing to you.

Several little defects on this album but the melodies are so pleasant that these could be easily forgiven. This debut album is a good one. Half symphonic, half neo-prog. Three stars.

ZowieZiggy | 3/5 |


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