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4.04 | 338 ratings

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4 stars What is it with these Dutch bands? Do they have regular talent contests in Holland that we don't know about???

Imagine yourself walking into a cathedral and hearing "Wind and Wuthering"-like sounds: the reverence, the lush, wall-to-wall keyboards with buckets of echo and reverb, the bass pedal pushed to the limit, the swirling synths punctuated by delicate, crystalline piano notes and the vocalist alternately singing/whispering in his strong vibrato voice. As some have aptly said, this music doesn't have much direction, but I found the trip itself so pleasant that 'getting there' wasn't so important after all. The album, which doesn't contain any weak tracks, awes the listener from beginning to end.

I was tempted to give it a mere 3 stars because the arrangements are so "déjà vu", so GENESIS-like (especially the HACKETT-like solos) and the melodies so simple they probably don't have a long shelf life. Upon hearing it again, however, I couldn't deny the excellent production, the way the themes so naturally blend into one another, the simple but effective time changes and the shere beauty of the overall effect. For melodious and utterly simple prog that can still dazzle you, you can bet your little heart (and your hard-earned cash) on COLLAGE's "Moonshine". Something to reconcile you with the universe on particularly emotional stormy nights.

Hibou | 4/5 |


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