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HALLOWEEN

Pulsar

 

Symphonic Prog

4.03 | 184 ratings

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Muskrat
5 stars A masterful job !

I can easily understand that this album has disappointed many listeners. Such was the case with me, upon his discovery: "How? This thing, a masterpiece? It's a joke! " I did not understand. At the time, Yes was the pinnacle of prog. That is to say a complex music, performed by virtuosos. I kept Halloween for many years and I did well! Because almost thirty years later, by chance of my replaying, I finally grasped all the content.

The intro displeased me for a long time, if only because of some imperfection in the voice. Now, I understand that this imperfection is due to the youth of the performer (Sylvia Ekström was 7 years old!), and that this youth perfectly serves the purpose that the members of Pulsar had set for themselves.

Pulsar offers us a perfectly mastered work. The music is soft, subtle, melancholy and charged with emotion. (The middle section of Part 2, for example, touches the sublime.) The instrumentation is rich. In addition to traditional rock instruments, we hear piano, flute, clarinet and cello. The composition offers a series of admirably interwoven fluid movements and the final is beautiful. Special mention to the drummer who not only accompanies but actively participates in the atmosphere. While remaining discreet, he delivers us unconventional rhythms, bordering on polyrhythm.

Undeniably, the best French prog work and a must in the world of prog history.

Muskrat | 5/5 |

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