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SOMMERABEND

Novalis

 

Symphonic Prog

3.77 | 187 ratings

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Sean Trane
Special Collaborator
Prog Folk
3 stars If you listen to this one and the following album (Brandung) , you will find out where this neo -prog sound started even before Script from Marillion started the genre. Typically the type of symphonic album that was very influential in the early 80's. However, I find that the previous self-titled album much better and more inspired and energetic.

The music developped here is so very symphonic and beautifully melodic and if you listen you will see dwarves and elves hanging from the trees and have this princess of your dreams giving you a fabulous blowjob. And all of these fantastic fantasies will end as the record ends, that your mental masturbation was not the only one you have indulged in and you will have a hard time forgiving those musicians as you wipe those white stains from your electric blue carpet. Of course the very goal of this music is to make your mind wander around on a Summer Evening (Sommerabend) and this side-long epic will have a successor in the following Brandung album: Sonnenwende. The shorter tracks are along the same mould of symphonic rock.

There is one cliché (the stains ;-) ) definitely not used enough in the future neo-prog genre. Apart from that, this still worth a listen (probably not a handjob though) as this is truly one of the better later 70's German symphonic prog.

Sean Trane | 3/5 |

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