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AQUAPLANAGE

Aquaplanage

 

Symphonic Prog

3.54 | 38 ratings

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Matti
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4 stars 3 stars really.

British Aquaplanage was born at the dawn of the new millennium as a Yes tribute act called Fragile. Steve Carney is a pretty good vocalist and at least here he doesn't attempt to sound like Jon Anderson. There were some changes in the line-up along the way, but the only album also features some ex-members as guests. The group is capable of doing Yes reminding vocal harmonies and they sure have a high level of musicianship.

In addition to the inevitable Yes resemblance, the five-part opening epic 'Ode to Grey Mornings' (15:27) makes me think of Jethro Tull too, and not only because of the flute. Despite lacking notable originality, this is a very good latter- day prog epic that in my opinion doesn't much lose to the ones by the bigger and better known bands such as The Flower Kings or Transatlantic. The shorter compositions are more uneven, and unfortunately there's an AOR feel on some of them. Speaking of the instrumentals, I especially enjoy the title track featuring nice acoustic guitar and a string arrangement.

(Based on a chapter of my new Finnish-language prog book dealing with over 620 artists -- hence the short form for an album review.)

Matti | 4/5 |

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