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3.61 | 39 ratings

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4 stars Melodic Neo-Prog rock much anchoured on the (excellent) gentle female English vocals of Monique Kolk and the synth soundscapes of Jordi Amela, who also is responsible for the mixing. None of this intended to diminish the contribution of the guitarist and the rhythm section which complete the quintet, all of them proving consistent musicianship at their respective instruments.

The music, arrangements and production is credited to the band (the lyrics are mostly by Monique) and that results in a musical cohesion that can be felt throughout the album. Incidentally they also play a cover of a Marillion song "Waiting To Happen", with whom the band has a particular relationship, having opened for them in Barcelona back in 2009 and also later played at the Marillion Weekend 2013.

Expect no Mellotron or Strings, only an ocasional acoustic guitar or piano besides the usual standard rock electric instrumentation, and a cello on one track. The production is modern and tasteful, effects abound but never too flashy. The comparison that comes to mind is Mostly Autumn, partly also because of the vocal style (without the harmonies).

All in all I can say it's a very pleasant first album by competent musicians who, although always sailing in the calmer waters of rock, know how to avoid being monotonous.

Quinino | 4/5 |


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