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MOONSHINE

Collage

 

Neo-Prog

3.99 | 279 ratings

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Progdaybay
5 stars This Polish prog group has produced a few CD's in the 90's and stopped as 'Collage'. They reappeared, at least some members, as 'Satellite'. I have two other CD's of Collage, for which I would go for 3-stars, and the majority of Satellite, for which I would give about 4-stars each. But this one is amazing and in a class by itself...

From a musical standpoint, I could say that the keyboard is everywhere, mostly in the 'high-notes' level, always well suited and virtuoso. It brings a superb atmosphere of 'grandiose' to the songs. The guitar play is majestic, also in the 'high-notes' level, and completes the keys very well (or, is it the opposite ?). The songs vary tremendously in tempos and rhythms, and sometimes when you think they head to the conclusion, they surprise you with another burst of energy, with a theme variation that is mind blowing. And it is one of the most powerful albums I own, even if it is not metal at all ! There is also an emotional feeling that emanes from a few listenings, because it is touchy in some passages, it grows in intensity in others, the singer is very inspired in others. 'In your eyes', 'Wings in the night' and 'Moonshine' are my favorites, as I consider them as super prog gems ! They have the best ingredients : emotions, good variations, changes of tempo, atmospheric keyboards... The first track, 'Heroes cry', will get you directly into the romantic and inspired moments that you will encounter again later... The other ones are also of good quality, with no really weak tracks, which is rare. You can easily let this CD play in its entirety, the best way to appreciate that superb work and get the feeling (other reviewers here are describing this particularity very well; go take a look !). The lyrics are directed to 'positive' subjects, another good quality in my view.

This CD is a heavy good surprise, with a specific emotional sound and a high quality all over. You even question why this group has produced all the other albums with more standard and average focus, for which I do not intend to write anything !! While they reach submits here... and a lot !! So, 4 stars would mean 'excellent addition' ? No, it deserves more than that, because it is unique and perfectly produced in all aspects. In my collection, it turns around the Top-10 to 15 position...

It is a 'must', if you like different, atmospheric but powerful neo-prog stuff ! Gets the best ! To be discovered absolutely.

Progdaybay | 5/5 |

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