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4 stars Yacobs: "beautiful" (Gold und Trier Records 2020)

Ulf Jacobs publishes his solo CDs under the project name "Yacobs". Since 2001 ("still love you") he has been playing albums that transform his personal experiences, his feelings and thoughts, his love for sophisticated music and his philosophy of life into soundjourneys. He develop his songs about love, about nature and the universal basic themes (joy and sadness, reflection and loss, confidence and fear ...) into continuous prog-rock-suites.

With his 6th soloalbum Ulf Jacobs builds on his previous concept-works, but "beutiful" is also different and shows a noticeable further development. First of all, he uses sound-collages sensitively to expand the sound-spectrum. The atmosphere of the music is much more relaxed, less rhythmic, but more flowing, melodic and mature. Piano- and keyboard-sounds are in the foreground, have enough space to unfold and give the album an orchestral sound. The homogeneous use of the Mellotron makes "beautiful" a prog-oriented album, but catchy yet complex refrains also sprinkle some pop into the songwriting. This creates a noticeable bridge to art rock.

"beautiful" is fun, is consistently worth listening to and an excellent album that belongs in every sophisticated music collection. Ulf (music, text, vocals, keys, drums ...) is supported by several guest musicians (from Argos, Yesterdays, Mutabor) who refine the opulent production and the balanced sound with guitar, bass, backing vocals and flute(!). As always with Yacobs, the album should be heard loud and complete.

progflame | 4/5 |


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