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5 stars Swedish act Beardfish has really struck gold with this latest effort of theirs.

Their musical foundation is firmly rooted in the music of the 70's, with vintage keyboards and organ dominating the proceedings throughout. Their influences are numerous though, fans of acts like Genesis, Santana and Pink Floyd will all find familiar elements on Destined Solitaire.

But first and foremost Beardfish appear to be following in the footsteps of Gentle Giant this time around. Quirky, shifting compositions with unpredictable, surprising and at times wild developments is the name of the game here, and while they take care to always include passages of a distinct symphonic nature as well as highly melodic and captivating sequences, challenging features are liberally spread throughout the album - more often than not encapsulated in energetic or strong atmospheric sequences where the emotional impact to some extent hides the quirkiness of the proceedings.

Creative, innovative and unpredictable music, strong compositions and excellent performances - this is art rock at it's finest, and a strong contender for album of the year as far as I'm concerned. At least for those who are fond of quirky, challenging art rock.

Windhawk | 5/5 |


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