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Red Bazar


Crossover Prog

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4 stars The staff has changed to a better location for an update, you may argue, or even for a new startup. Most certainly the bazar seems to grow, will gain more attention and visitors soon, I'm sure. This due to some main attractions, including new trouper Peter Jones first and foremost, formerly known for his solo project TIGER MOTH TALES. He takes the vocal support here for the first time. Where 'support' will be too short-sighted actually, as he also has supplied the lyrics, hence is deeply involved in the song-writing task. Eventually the album title points to the main inspiration coming from his favourite literature.

In The Beginning might stand for the transition, as the song is an enchanting one, though still instrumental. But at the time you'll notice the appearance of the Queen Of The Night next, 'hey, it's your lucky day ... she dances all alone, her body melting in the light'. The song is showing Peter Jones coming to the fore finally. Including part 2 in particular a real breakthrough for the band, alongside with the compositional aspect as well. Overall this reminds me of the fruitful Enchant times, or Dead Heroes Club in parts. While relatively unpolished and decorated with a slight jamming appeal towards the end, the track Almost Over makes my day as well - wonderful!

RED BAZAR's third album provides a top-notch blend of neo and art prog, this garnered with some remarkable heavy AOR edge here and there. Furthermore 'Tales From The Bookcase' marks a successfull step away from a pure instrumental approach. Released on White Knight Records this is a supremely enjoyable album, convincing me much due to relatively extended as well as highly melodic and catchy compositions. 4.5 stars, yeah, another masterpiece contender in 2016, while reasonably waiting for some time slipping away, needless to say.

Rivertree | 4/5 |


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