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3.78 | 42 ratings

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4 stars A relaxing listen on the sofa.

I have yet to subscribe to this Flairck idea of only acoustic instruments. But this is a platinum selling album and the Dutch people cannot be that wrong ?

Well, they are not wrong because Flairck's debut album is actually a deserving platinum seller. Which means there is a lot of intelligent people around in the Netherlands...... Well, good for us.

Flairck is best taken laying down on a sofa like a beached whale on a beach. The only difference is that I am enjoying this more than this dead whale on the beach...... although the smell is probably in the same ball park. Variaties op een Dame is by no means a chill out New Age album. This album requires a lot of thinking from the listener. In particular the twenty-one minutes title track which winds it's way through various themes. The very catchy song Voorspel in Sofia is superb and the probable reason for this album's platinum status. But perhaps the best song on this album is the rather sombre opening track Aoife. The other tracks too is excellent.

Flairck is such a a total break with everything I have been listening to for the best part of thirty-five years. Adapting to their music is....... very challenging !! But even I see the merits in their music and their enthusiasm is very infectious. This album is actually the first Flairck studio album I really feel I have grasped........... and really embraced. At the end of this rainbow, I have found this to be a four star album, but barely that. This one is recommended to those who want something more out of prog rock than the usual guitar- moog-vocalist-bass-drums setup. Be prepared to be shocked, though.

4 stars

toroddfuglesteg | 4/5 |


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