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3.64 | 44 ratings

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3 stars As a both closet-RIO fan and not so closed Flairck fan, I was recommended this album. And quite rightly so.

This album from these Belgium masters of RIO starts as a pure Zeuhl album before it turns around and venture into a folksy RIO territory. The opening track Indrigo sets the tone for the rest of this album. Aranis sounds like a twisted, darker version of Flairck on this album. More sinister, in fact. There is an undertone of brutalized darkness throughout this album. It is perhaps not an album worth playing in darkness. Nightmares may enter the sleep and you may spend the next hours being chased down by some angry rams....... and then you wake up in a bed, made into a swimming pool by your own perspiration. I will never do that mistake again.

The instruments on this album is acoustic and based on accordion, violin, double bass and some vocals. Flute and piano also plays a part here. The material is mostly dark and brooding. This album is not easy listening.

The problem is that although this album is a good album, it never raises beyond this level. There is no outstanding tracks here too. It is a solid debut album and nothing more. If you are a fan of this type of music, check this album out. I am satisfied, but not wildly happy.

3 stars

toroddfuglesteg | 3/5 |


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