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ENDGAME

Like Wendy

 

Neo-Prog

2.95 | 24 ratings

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ZowieZiggy
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2 stars IS THIS THE END OF THE GAME ?

This album is no revolution in "Like Wendy" 's discography. The very good multi-instrumentalist who is leading this "band" (Bert Heinen) is very skilled. He has always proposed a mellow prog music full of great keyboards and guitar work.

And he tried to achieve the same with this album . But failed.

Since their very album, I could closely link "Like Wendy" with "Barclay James Harvest". Same sorts of vocals and easy listening prog. Bert Heinen never forgot to add nice melodies to his instrumentation work.

This album is less performing IMO. Very few songs are as appealing as on previous efforts (of which "Tales From Moonlit Bay" was by far the best one). My fave ones here are "Mock Me!" (featuring Banks oriented synths) and "Radioactive Girl" (shining thanks to some good instrumental parts).

If ever you would like to listen to the two hundredth and twenty second song which is "borrowing" the "Watcher Of The Skies" riff, do listen to "Money For Monkeys" to get the confirmation. It is included in the middle part and actually, this is the best passage from this song which has not a lot more to offer.

If you want more "BJH", here you go with "Moria". A trip back in the mid seventies and their smooth prog rock offerings. For nostalgic of that band during this period (by far their best one).

This is not a great album, I'm afraid. On par with "Summer In Eden", which was the band's weakest album so far. The closing track enclaves both sources of inspiration : "Genesis" during instrumental parts and "BJH" of course during the vocals.

It's up to you to decide whether or not you feel like listening to a 21st century "BJH" version. It is not unpleasant, but the melodies aren't as catchy as their great ones. To listen to moderately.(the first three "Like Wendy" albums were better).

Two stars.

ZowieZiggy | 2/5 |

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