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5 stars This outstanding album perfectly combines neo-prog with symphonic prog. Personally, I think that it's one of the strongest debut efforts on the intersection of both genres.

On this album the members of the band manage to create melancholic passages which don't bore the listener and even make him curious. The sound is soft and mellow with very strong instrumental solos as in the first track "Foreword to the Elements of Life" beautiful keyboard solo. Other very good keyboard intros follow on two next tracks. All the tracks are adequate long (nearly 10 minutes) and very good positioned on the album. After shorter, strong, first track follows three very melodious and a bit longer tracks. "Chasing the Shadow" and "The Centre Shines" are truly highlights here. "Amy" is not my favorite track but it perfectly fits on this place and makes a mood change after longer tracks. The second part of the song is much better and create suitable intro for two ending tracks. "Pygmalion" and "Nature's Window" are in my opinion best songs on the album. Very melodious and mysterious, especially on the change to the "Nature's Window" The mellow atmosphere dominates on the whole album but it's still only a background for outstanding instrumental arrangements, except for some moments of stillness, for example on the fifth track "Amy" or on the ending of "Pygmalion" when unaccompanied soft melody comes to the fore. But the strongest point of the band is very various use of instruments what really enhances variety of the whole album. Mood changes appear many times even during one song.

Triangle's masterpiece should be recommended for fans of symphonic and neo-prog. There are all the important elements for a successful effort: good composition, mellow vocal, which fits perfectly into mood of the album and beautiful lyrics. "Square the Circle" still persists unrecognized among many prog-fans. As masterpiece it really deserves more attention. Five stars for this outstanding debut.

ChrisDawid | 5/5 |


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