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MARSHMALLOW MOONDUST

Antony Kalugin

 

Symphonic Prog

3.94 | 110 ratings

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bartymj
3 stars First, I have to state that it's very clear Kalugin is a talented musician and composer, and I would like to hear more from him.

However, what he appears to have done with this album is attempted to create something of a "prog by numbers" demonstration of the genre of symphonic prog. What that means is that to me, he's done everything he can to create a generic symphonic album that everyone can like to a certain degree, but this just leads to it taking no risks, no dare, and therefore zero wow factor. I cannot pick out a single minute of the album which I didn't like, but then nor can I highlight any one bit I found brilliant.

The majority of the album is light-hearted fluff, and would be suitable for hotel lobbies, call centre hold music, elevators... it is totally inoffensive, nothing wrong with it whatsoever... but toothless.

A decent, solid, reliable album, but no more than that. It is the vanilla ice cream, the ready salted crisps, the magnolia paint of symphonic prog. It's the easy-going, stress-free daytime tv your elderly relatives relax in front of.

It's the very definition of a 3 star album. Nothing wrong with it whatsoever, but nothing jaw dropping either.

bartymj | 3/5 |

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