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4 stars Lately in the forum I subscribed the opinion of the topic that Satellite produced the fourth album in more or less the same style and sound. I need to be more specific about that because it's true where the big picture is concerned but looking more closely in detail I have to say there are differences between the four albums they made so far. The debut A Street ... was a quite cheerful extremely melodic album, to me still their best effort to date. The successor Evening Games was a bit darker and more gloomy. The third Into the Night was much heavier, almost a progmetal album. Funny enough the fourth Nostalgia is more or less a blend of the earlier three but it comes closest to the debut if you ask me.

Every desert got its Ocean is a magnificent opener, brilliant composition, splendid melody and one of their best songs ever. 5*.

Repaint the Sky is much more laid back than the strong opening track but a lovely ballad getting a bit rougher towards the end. 4,25*.

Afraid of what we say also starts as a ballad but this one distinguishes itself by very interesting guitar play by Saharan Kubeisi. He plays very fast in a restrained way. Very nice, another beauty. 4,75*.

I want you to know is a great accessible track with again superb instrumentation and also wonderful melody on this one. 4,5*.

Over Horizon is not really the very best on this release. It's a song with emotional vocals by Amirian but starts getting repititive and monotonous in the second half of the song. 4*.

Am I losing touch ? Is another perfectly crafted song starting with beautiful violin in the first minute creating a romantic atmosphere. Later on the song gets rougher to go quiet again towards the end where the violin returns in the same way. Brilliant song. 4,5*.

Is it over ? suggest a blues loaded track, not really the case. Satellite plays just prog, no blues. This is a bit of a gloomy track, a true ballad this time and another very fine performance. 4,25*.

The Color of the Rain is the first bonus track, starts really heavy making me wonder: Is this a leftover from Into the Night ? Good song again. 4*.

Relaxed is a very nice instrumental track to close the album. 4*.

As much as I would like to hand this fantastic band another 5 star rating I think it would be lightly overdone. I will have to leave it at 4 but strongly rounded down from 4,5 (bonus tracks excluded).

progrules | 4/5 |


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