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HOMELAND

Like Wendy

 

Neo-Prog

3.49 | 22 ratings

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ZowieZiggy
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3 stars For the very time, their previous album "Summer In Eden" could not really satisfy me. I rated it with two stars because of a lack of diversity, mainly.

But "Homeland" will be better. Part of the inspiration is still the same and you'll be in a fully "BJH" song with "Back to Earth". Back to the roots I would say. Bert Heinen having the good idea to use the sound of their best period (the early mid-seventies). A very pleasant moment indeed. The opening number "The Crossing Cloud" paved the way already.

Spacey and Floydian mood for the intro of the title track. It shifts to a Banks keyboard soloing session. You can even distinguish some similarity with "The Apocalypse" in the background. This song is varied, and very enjoyable. My favourite of this album. Even if it will use a lot of characteristics of the two bands I have mentioned ("Cinema Show", Gilmour-esque guitar parts etc.). "BJH" even coming back just before the finale.

"Like Wendy" doesn't play a complex music but it is so tranquil and melancholic that one can be attracted by these melodic songs. If you are a "BJH" fan, do listen to this album. It is almost as if you were listening to some good songs from this band. Listen to "Last Day of the Butterfly". The similarity is so obvious. Maybe too much.

The first weak song is the repetitive and dull "Flood". Eight looooooong minutes. Press next.

The last two songs of this album are not so great either. Ambient style for "The Days Remaining" and a poor acoustic and short song "Live Forever". Mixed feeling about this work. Not personal enough IMO.

Three stars.

ZowieZiggy | 3/5 |

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