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Tomas Bodin


Symphonic Prog

3.99 | 86 ratings

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5 stars I NEVER HEARD SOMETHING SIMILAR!!! For me, this album brings it to a new level of prog! First of all i must give a big compliment to Marcus Liliequist who drums outstanding stuff!! Hes not the classic symphonic prog drummer a la Peart or Portnoy, also not the floating fusion one - some even say hes straight - but hes different, for me hes very eclectic and his timing is awesome. His use of the tomtoms is amazing as he suprises with new rhythm all the time, his accentuation brings a lot to the song. He's also very fresh with his style and reminds me to many independent acts these days. Which are btw imho a bit underrated by the classic prog audience.

Well, i think all songs on this album are pretty good. It doesnt hide, from the first minute you have uncompromising but gentle guitar sounds and a very sensitive and soulful voice with background choir - giving you very touching and movealong sounds. Then there are the hard hitting, but also jumping and very groovin drums of Marcus. This all leads into a very bombastic and touching chorus wich gives just a great opener. At 4:30 it goes back to a gentle and soft sound. Michael Stolt already shows that he can touch the hearts with his voice. Together with acoustic guitar and wonderful keys, they give a heaven of a sound. Great great part!! (4.5)

2nd song "Poor Lucile" has a wonderful fusion of Sondheim and Alan Parson. Just awesome eclectic prog! The middle part of Poor Lucile is very hard and leading into chaos, but its definitley not over- the-top or just for the sake. If you listen carefully to the drums, this thing rocks the hell out of you. At 7:40 the song goes back on track with wonderful drumming (9:00) leading into this 4th wave structure in the end (10:30) - PLEASE GIVE ME MORE OF THIS GREAT MODERN STUFF YOU PROG ARTISTS OUT THERE!! (4.5-5)

3rd song "Food" starts very atypical, melody is amazing and works great. one of the few prog songs where you can SCHUNKEL-along. Great atypical guitar work. Again great background choir work. Specially at 3:10. Great interlude ... leading into this very marillion'esque swinging dream passage. (4)

4th song, "Dad is coming" is a wonderful melancholic but still rocking song. Great guitar work. With an amazing barbershop vocal part in the middle. Just amazing! And back to the melanchol melody and a great instrumental and choral final. (5)

The hard but fresh drumming of Marcus together with Tomas own radical and more detailed sound vision, it gives a revolting sound of prog. Just listen to the second half of the 5th song "Private Skies" (4-5) and you know what im talking about. This is really some of the best AND MOST OUTSTANDING stuff ive listened to in a long time. And its also different to The Flower Kings or Karmakanic. On Tomas early works there was still heavy classic symphonic stuff. With "Pinup Guru" he already opens the borders for new sounds, specially this cineastic sound he also celebrates on "Cinematograaf". IAM already showed the potential of Tomas and Marcus playing some kind of new sound. And with You Are, they really made it. Very songoriented, sensitive and with absolute meaning.

Tomas, EGGS & DOGS sound on this album is TIGHT and CINEASTIC - the synth sounds are bombastic, flirting, subtile. Sounds like a soundtrack at some parts and great ambient. All the used voices (by fans for example in track 5, the angry Boss) and atmospheric sounds. Together with the great choral vocal work (with the help of Moonsafari) and the warm and normal pitched (singalong) voice by Michael Stolt, it produces a very charming sound - big big musical!!

The guitar work including bass is not outstanding, but its just perfect - just filling out what the song needs and giving little accents here and there. Im very pleased with that. As you recognize that the band plays for the song, and so the guitars just giving perfect entourage and pushing this thing forward. And so i think this is the most consistant work by Tomas up to date!

As Tomas wanted to do a Trilogy (IAM, UR, HESHEIT IS) we could think of some relations to IAM, but where IAM was still using old prog structures, YOU ARE is able to leave the classic structures and presenting something really new - coming close to a PROGRESSIVE MUSICAL. And i dont mean this prog-opera thing, i mean somethig without equal.

The longplayer is very atypical i think, like all the songs. just the 6th track (3.5) is a very straight one, but its in good position before the longplayer. It calms the blood a bit down until it leads you with a great atmospheric cineastic interlude to ... the final 7th song. The longplayer begins with a jumping yet tasty and melodic, then marching and again jumping intro. Then a wonderful eclectic and fresh sounding (Marcus is so good!!) part leading into this extremely cool robotic voice and choral part around the 4th minute. Then it follows this wonderful easy-listening sing-a-long and feel good part. Very atypical prog music and great to listen to. Then a big powerful break leading into a wonderful soft passage. A great bomabstic blues final begins. Great guitar, vocals, keys, drums - just a wonderful and amazing band/work!!

This is a very impressive work - and minimum an excellent addition. Due to Tomas album history and the outstanding style they celebrate here, i give this work 5 stars. CANT WAIT TO SEE AND HEAR THIS THING LIVE!!


wowie | 5/5 |


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