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Curved Air


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3.69 | 189 ratings

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3 stars The great Daryll is gone and these splendid violin notes have almost disappear from Curved Air's music. Almost because Eddie Jobson will take this role scarcely.

The crystal clear and close to perfection vocals from Sonja are still there of course, but when one has listened to the opening song from ''Air Cut'', one has some difficulties to imagine that it is played by ''Curved Air''. A basic hard-rocker!

Some more intimacy for the intriguing acoustic ''Elfin Boy'' which is a fine hors d'oeuvres for ''Metamorphosis''. It opens on some sort of march, like ''Epping Forrest'' from whom you should know. As soon as the vocals enter the scene, a definite feeling of ''Earth & fire'' prevails (but I have made this comparison already). It is of course combined by the usual ''Renaissance'' suspect (piano) during the instrumental part. It is THE highlight from this work.

At last some great violin during the excellent instrumental ''Armin''. It is more than welcome. This sound is so related with their music that I feel almost an orphan when it is played so parsimoniously.

The heavy-rock ''UHF'' is a curiosity which could have been avoided IMO, and the plain rock ''Two Three Two'' confirms that the band did the right choice while opting for Sonja on the lead vocals. But since Jobson was recently on board he got the occasion to sing; which was maybe not the best idea. Things go back to normal with the excellent closing number: ''Easy''. Again, this song is on the harder edge even if it features some fine piano parts. It is a good piece music which solidly rock at times: heavy bass and organ combined with aerial vocals: a pleasant combination by all means. A very pleasant way to close this good album of which ''Metamorphosis'' is by far the best moment.

Three stars.

ZowieZiggy | 3/5 |


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