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20 CANDLES

No Name / The No Name Experience

 

Neo-Prog

3.30 | 13 ratings

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Windhawk
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3 stars No Name are among a select few progressive bands from Luxembourg, and they have been around for quite some time now - 20 years to be precise. Hence the name of their album.

20 Candles features mostly old and a few new tracks, assembled in the shape of an expanded best of package. Unless I'm much mistaken all the old songs have been re-recorded though, which does add some extra value to such a release.

Musically we're deep set in vintage Neo Progressive territories on this album, with strong similarities to acts like Galahad and Marillion. Lush and rich keyboards and synths dominating, with subdued guitar riffs underscoring on occasion. A driving bass is a common feature, while a few the tunes on the lighter side of the stylistic expression comes across as purebred pop. Well made and well performed, although the vocals are slightly on the weak side, but like many other artists exploring this subset of progressive music No Name have a hard time creating the truly stunning magical moments.

Fans of the genre should enjoy this one, especially those most fond of the classic Neo acts.

Windhawk | 3/5 |

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