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PERFECT BEINGS II

Perfect Beings

 

Crossover Prog

3.88 | 214 ratings

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Muskrat
4 stars A modern Yes.

As much as the beginnings of Perfect Being did not appeal to me, the first listening to II immediately tickled my ear. "Here, that reminds me of something ..." I said to myself. Must say that for an absolute fan of the group Yes, there is something! As many passages attest, Johannes Luley and Jess Nason are both big admirers of Steve Howe and Rick Wakeman. Apart from "The Love Inside" which is over eight minutes long, the pieces are short (between 1:30 and 5:30 minutes), varied and perfectly balanced. Luley's guitar playing is very fluid. The vocals leave a lot to the music and Ryan Hurtgen's superb vocals (although at times - as in "The Love Inside" - slightly auto-tuned) is in Adrian Belew's register. In "Go", the drummer is no exception and accompanies an excellent mixture of modernity and classic prog. To top it off, Chris Tristram offers a game similar to another Chris (the album is also dedicated to the memory of Squire). The disc ends with three magnificent ballads ("Cause & Effect" offers a break that would not have been unworthy in Relayer). Note some passages of flute, violin, cello and the obvious nod to Pink Floyd, the pyramids inside the cover and the tone of "Cryogenia".

An excellent addition to any prog rock music collection.

Muskrat | 4/5 |

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