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FOREVER BLOWING BUBBLES

Clearlight

 

Symphonic Prog

3.81 | 99 ratings

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sgtpepper
4 stars Clearlight and its mastermind, the keyboard all-rounder Cyrille Verdeaux, defined his trademark sound and flavour with the two first albums - textures of keyboards, guitars, sometims strings and brass instruments borrowing from fusion, classical music and progressive rock. From progressive rock, there are nods to psychedelic and classic symphony prog-rock. Music can get pompeous but no aimless soloing or very thought out compositions, which is good for immersing in music with no cheap and commercial parts.

On this second album, we have vocals but of a pretty good quality, listen to "Narcisse et Goldmund" for soothing female vocals. I consider music to be decently varied - strong and slow instrumental pieces with different instrumentation focus, sometimes it's synths, sometimes piano or plenty of guitar soloing like in the dynamic Gong-unsimilar "Without works". A couple of sonically experimental pieces may not work in long term, such as "Sweet Absinthe" or "Jungle Bubbles" nevertheless they aren't fillers. A hidden dark horse among French progressive scene of the 70's with impressive international lineup, not typical for French projects of that time.

sgtpepper | 4/5 |

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