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Rachel's Birthday


Eclectic Prog

3.76 | 28 ratings

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3 stars This first and only release by German band Rachel's Birthday is an interesting experience in many ways, as well as being a very good example of an album with two quite different parts.

The first four tunes on the album are extremely fascinating in many ways. The sound comes across as a mix of Genesis and ELP, and while the skill levels of all the musicians may not be top notch, the vocalist in particular, energy and enthusiasm makes up for much of that. The compositions, although not highly original in any way, are well done as well as executed, and the tunes Philosophy and Cream Tears are high quality efforts in this style - as long as you don't expect perfect musicianship.

The last four tunes are much more of a varied affair though. Although noticeable in the other tunes as well, on these last four tunes the influence of neo-prog is more distinct. And it's quite clear that the vocals in particular suffer when the band explore this style more dedicated than on the first tunes on the album.

Worthwhile getting for the first 4 tunes for fans of symphonic rock, and fans of neo-prog may want to check out this one as well.

Windhawk | 3/5 |


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