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SNY ANIOłÓW / ANGEL'S DREAM

Quidam

 

Neo-Prog

3.44 | 64 ratings

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ZowieZiggy
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3 stars Like several other Polish bands (like the excellent Abraxas for instance), Quidam switched to bilingual lyrics for this work.

On the lead vocals, Emila Derkowska does a very good job. And while catalogued into the neo-prog genre, "Quidam" offers some fine symphonic passages. Mostly due to the addition of some good fluting as well as a whole bunch of string instruments.

It gives another dimension to their music which is rather pleasant all the way through. Of course, this might probably sound shy in comparison with their excellent debut, but "Angel's Dream" has the merit to be rather expressive and personal. Not at all derivative as too many works from this genre.

No such borrowed themes here. Fine and enjoyable prog music combined with some Polish folk elements are a good combination. A song as "Cheerful" holds it all and is a highlight of this good album.

Nice melodies, beautiful instrumental breaks (flute and guitar) are such a pleasure! At times the music is on the mellow side ("Little Bird with No Legs") but the emotional singing part does bring a special and pastoral touch which is also featured during "One Small Tear" although the latter is the poorest of all.

The centrepiece of this album is the epic "Behind My Eyes". A song full of poetry and sensitivity: the superb vocal work of Emila being for sure the best ingredient. Such a wonderful female add-on. You should only be charmed. She is playing an extraordinary role here. She IS the cement of the band during this album and raises the quality level of the music played. If she wouldn't be there, this album would just be average. With her passionate input, I upgrade it to three stars.

A good album, even if not on par with their debut.

ZowieZiggy | 3/5 |

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