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ONE FOR THE CROW

Flamborough Head

 

Neo-Prog

3.65 | 30 ratings

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ZowieZiggy
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4 stars A major change in the line-up took place for the recording of this album. Their previous keyboard player and lead vocalist has left and the band recruited a female singer to replace him. I was quite found of Siebe's smooth and peaceful voice. Not that Margriet Boomsma has an unpleasant one but it is always difficult to replace a good vocalist. And some people (to which I belong) need some time to get use to a new timber.

What's for sure is that the first two songs are excellent. Their symphonic angle is very much present and the keys during "Old Shoes" are very much "Banks" oriented. These two long songs (twenty-five minutes in total) are excessively pleasant. The vocal melody from "One for the Crow" is truely successful and so enjoyable.

Music is delicate and passionate. Margriet fitting very well in this new ensemble even if my preferred parts are the instrumental ones (if you would except "One for the Crow"). Both songs are highlights and an enchantment for any proghead.

"Day Dreams" is another beautiful piece of music. Fantastic guitar solo combined with very sweet fluting. Very close to the early "Camel". This instrumental song is one of my fave. Grandiose melody, a full symphonic song. A 24 carat jewel (especially the first half of it). The end is more on the folk side, I must say. Symphonic folk? Maybe.

The third long piece starts in a full neo-prog mood and is a bit directionless during its first third. A peasant guitar part at mid-time gives the start of another very good section. It is not as strong as "One For The Crow" or "Old Shoes", but the album is still sailing in very good territories. And so will it be as well during the pastoral "Old Forest".

Bombastic intro for "Limes Tone Rock" the fourth long number. Very much "In The Court." oriented (the song, not the album). After this short section, some inevitable comparison with "Renaissance" is made. As during "Nightlife", the mood will change several times. But most of the time, symphonic is the main stream.

"New Shoes" being another short and acoustic song. It closes this excellent album brilliantly.

Four stars. One of the best album from this band. And a pity that only one reviewer did post a commented review before mine. This album deserves more of your attention.

ZowieZiggy | 4/5 |

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