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ZODIAQUE

Rick Wakeman

 

Symphonic Prog

2.16 | 28 ratings

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SouthSideoftheSky
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2 stars Wakeman goes Vangelis!

Zodiaque was one of the earliest of Rick Wakeman's many New-Age albums. Or actually I'm not entirely sure whether "New-Age" really is a correct description of this type of music as I'm not very familiar with that style. But this is certainly not progressive Rock and neither is it Classical music nor is it church music, so I guess that New-Age is the appropriate musical category for this album. Zodiaque is, after all, a concept album with musical pieces based on various astrological signs and if that is not New-Age then I don't know what is! This album would probably not be out of place in one of those shops where you can buy healing stones, dream catchers, help-yourself-books and other "spiritual" paraphernalia! But this is probably of higher quality that anything played and sold in such shops.

The music itself is mostly relaxing but it is not void of melody and as such it is one of the better albums that I have heard in this style. Still, I must say that this is not really my cup of tea and it is certainly not the kind of music that people come to this site to find. The closest comparison I can make is to some of Vangelis works, but this is less electronic. While certainly pleasant on the ear, listening to the whole album in one go can be a rather tedious experience. A few of the pieces are a bit more substantial with added drums, but mostly this is soft and laid back.

Not too bad for its kind, but this can only be recommended for fans and collectors

SouthSideoftheSky | 2/5 |

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