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3.75 | 38 ratings

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4 stars Viima's Sympholk

Wonderful, melodic music this album entails. Peaceful and lovely female vocals are enhanced by the delicate flute; but there is no lack of propulsion in the music. On the other hand, there's a good amount of vibrancy and vitality mixed with well done compositions and high level musicianship. There is a "joix de vivre" sensation throughout the album. Not only that, but great warmth emanates from the music. The music is elevating and inspirational.

With the fabulous vocal harmonies come wonderful keyboard playing, guitar solos and "painting" by the flute. The second song, Ajatuksia maailman laidalta, is a wonderful example of just that. An uplifting melody that is improved by the band's use of contradiction of the guitars and keyboards, each giving an somewhat opposing mood that blend in together very well. This song also shows how their compositional skills are good since it is very easy to make this music boring and yet this is a very captivating piece of music that is quite varied and very compelling. There is no use of bombastic tricks in here, everything flows perfectly and feels very natural. The third track, Ilmalaiva Italia, can fool you with its peaceful calm beginning. But then in the middle it turns rock on you and starts blasting out, with regards to the criteria of this record. A great keboards and guitar soloing goes on until the song goes back to its initial pace.

I won't go into the other songs but they are as wonderful as the ones I mentioned. This is another feat of this album; the high level kept throughout this release. In the end, it's not only the beauty of this music that is captivating, and the excellent playing that goes on; it's also the variety they show in their songs, whether in the structure of the songs or in the moods that change within them.

While I wouldn't compare it necessarily to Renaissance (perhaps it's the singer's voice that brings this up), it is not that misleading; however a good pinpoint would be a "folklorized" Camel and Mostly Autumn is also a fair allusion to make.

This is a sympholk gem that I highly recommend grabbing.

avestin | 4/5 |


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