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Symphonic Prog

3.60 | 53 ratings

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Marty McFly
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3 stars Oh, fine. Two words, just for case I won't be able to write more: "Don't know". Or another two: "Confusing & great". For few bucks, you get roughly 67 minutes of probably best, or one of the best symphonic things from this year. 4 long songs, two short. Strong melodic element. And this cover, I was always fan of this Dalí picture (after all, he died just month before I was born) and this building on the edge of reality (for every sensitive album I create my own story, this one is on border of reality and dream world, with clocks blending, skies twisting and building serving as one solid point in the mouth of madness. Nice madness.

"Daydreamer's Nightmare" is, except playful name (really creative name) offers long guitar solos which, and that is important, we maybe got here before. But their melody is something so new, so original, that it became without hesitation to status of my favourite record. Big part of this illusion (because it's easy to have average, 3 album, then it takes little more effort to put it to 4 star position, but still, hundreds of album deserves this rating in my mind. But masterpiece, oh even something with (read bellow line) is hard to find and also rate with clear conscience. When you can enjoy every tiny little bit of track, there's either something wrong with you, or great about album. I rather chose second choice and explain it, because consequences of first thing would be far reaching. After all, it's all about words, as this music is about sounds, instruments, vocals, and melody. Oh, perfect choice of cover art, when you combine it with this track, one like me with big imagination will see things. In fact, this song offers a lot of material for your brain to process, evaluate and throw in result. For example normal way is to have one strong theme in song, repeat it few times and between it give weaker parts. Don't expect it to be here, because there is one strong part interchanged for another. In fact, I haven't so good feeling and wasn't so strong in my decision to give 5 stars even when rating classic albums from 70s which I normally admire the most. Not talking that "Time Will Tell" is even longer and starts completely different, uses different things, themes, techniques of getting attention.

for many things, like bringing fresh winds to symphonic prog sails, having my jaw fell down after hearing this, great vocals (not similar to any I know by far) and feeling of something perfect.

Marty McFly | 3/5 |


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