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SOMMERABEND

Novalis

 

Symphonic Prog

3.71 | 141 ratings

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hdfisch
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4 stars This one is still a rather better output of them compared to these ones coming after. Of course not as strong as "Banished Bridge" or "Novalis".It's a bit reminiscent to CAMEL-Snow goose-era, which was one year before this one. Actually what I find mainly outstanding with this band, is not so much the instrumental section, which is good, but far from perfect, but they transforming very nicely lyrics of the german romantic poet with the same name (or to be correct the band is called after the poet). Maybe it's essential to understand the language or even to be a native speaker, to fully appreciate the beauty of their music. My favourite album of them is the self-titled one, especially the song "Wer Schmetterlinge lachen hört", but this one here keeps as well still the standard of that album. Actually there are few german bands with lyrics in their native language, I can appreciate, Novalis being the best of them, at least on their first few records. As a summary I'd like to say that this record might be considered as an essential one of the german prog scene and recommended to anyone who likes nice acoustic guitar combined with CAMEL-esque keyboards and german poetic lyrics.
hdfisch | 4/5 |

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