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ALONE

Clepsydra

 

Neo-Prog

4.03 | 117 ratings

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Mellotron Storm
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4 stars Well you certainly can't go wrong with this album or their previous one "Fears". This is apparently the last album for these Swiss proggers but they went out on a high at least. Interesting that there are three different album covers available for this one. I happened to get the turkey (oh joy) while the others are a fish and an octopus. The focus of this record is certainly the emotive vocals of Aluisio which i've got to be honest wears on me by the time I get to the second last track. He's excellent though and he does sound like SAGA's Michael Sadler with an accent. This is great Neo-Prog though and quite emotional at times, and always well played and arranged. A lot of the tracks blend into one another.

"Tuesday Night" is divided into three sections. The sound builds to open and I like when the guitar comes in. Synths follow. Drums are solid before 1 1/2 minutes and it's still building. A change as it becomes laid back with guitar, synths and bass. It kicks in with vocals before settling again with emotional vocals. Great sound here. This sounds so good as the guitar solos. A calm late with reserved vocals and synths. "Travel Of Dream" is also divided into three parts. Piano and almost spoken vocals to start. A full sound after a minute as contrasts continue. Nice guitar and bass during a prolonged instrumental section. The final passage is a beautiful instrumental piece. It blends into "The return" as vocals join in this laid back sound. Vocals become passionate. Acoustic guitar only 3 1/2 minutes in before it kicks in a minute later with vocals. It settles with piano to end it.

"The Father" opens with atmosphere and spoken vocals. He starts to sing. Electric guitar before 2 minutes. The tempo picks up and we get lots of synths late. "Alone" is heavier and darker. Vocals and laid back guitar as it settles. The guitar sounds great late as it settles. "The Nest" features vocals and atmosphere. A nice guitar interlude comes in early. I like the second half of "God Or Begger" better. "End Of Tuesday" is led by guitar and vocals early. I like it. It's heavier after a minute. It settles but it's still passionate.

Maybe not quite as good as "Fears" but both are 4 star albums.

Mellotron Storm | 4/5 |

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