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Flamborough Head



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3 stars Flamborough Head is quite consistent in the kind of music they play so that it would not confuse their fans. With the same line-up as "Unspoken Whisper" and typically similar music style, i.e. mellow neo progressive, this album stirs my emotion stronger than the previous album. It's probably the music has more soul in it, at lest the singer sings with varied energies - for ups and downs. The guitar is more determined in taking the picks at the right time signature. Take example the opening track "Defining The Legacy" (11:15) which has stunning Floydian guitar work combined with symphonic nuance through the multi-layered keyboard at background. Even though the song moves in typical mellow neo prog vein but the balanced ups and downs makes it delicate to enjoy.

It flows nicely with another mellow "House Of Cards" (9:16) through long sustain keyboard work at opening part augmented with guitar. The break with piano touch combined with guitar riffs and soaring organ make it beautiful, musically. Well. I recommend you to play the music LOUD so that you can get great soundscape and subtleties of the music. I bet most people who claim themselves as neo prog fans would love this song. The melody is quite catchy especially combined with nice piano work.

I guess it's an accident that the title is the same with the Flower Kings' "Garden Of Dreams" (12:35) which brings the music in higher tone with its faster tempo music blended nicely with pulsating keyboard work and great guitar. And the next track title is the same with Marillion's "Assassin" (9:07) but the music style is totally different. It starts with a sound of clavinet followed with voice line using PA system. "Impulse" (11:17) has a richer composition and more energy and drive. The remaining two tracks " Bridge To The Promised Land" (6:37) and "Mind-sculpture" (7:58) are all keyboard-drenched compositions which have nice melody and flow.

Overall, this is another good album Dutch neo progressive band with stunning keyboard solo as well as guitar solo. Fans of neo progressive music would love this album. I'd rather enjoying bands with clear direction like Flamborough Head than latest album of Marillion "Somewhere Else" which, I think, is misdirected. Keep on proggin' ..!

Peace on earth and mercy mild - GW

Gatot | 3/5 |


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