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Symphonic Prog

3.76 | 55 ratings

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3 stars Who will enjoy this album?

A recommended album for prog symphonic fans and people who never heard any album of the 80's Japanese prog scene.

What do we have here?

Typical and colourful Japanese symphonic prog album. A lot of luxurious keyboards of course, moog, mellotron, used as background as well as for energetic solos. The piano is used too in some very beautiful quiet sections. The guitar is emotive as Andrew Latimer can be, electric for a couple of great solos, specially the one at the end of "Rire dans la Nuit", and acoustic as the intro of "Echo" or to support some vocals. We cannot forget as well the flute which will remind you its best intervention with Genesis or Camel. The main vocalist Hiroko Nagai has a superb voice, not as disturbing as some her compatriots singing like her in Japanese who are simply too high pitched and piercing for me. The highlights here are the tracks "La Mosaique De La Reverie" which open the album, and "Rire Dans La Nuit" with some part well inspired by of "Firth of Firth". The sensitive ballad "Epilogue" closes magnificently the album.

Why I rate it 3 stars:

Despite the album however remains good throughout; the typical 80's sound (of the drum for example) and the singer voice can be sometimes (only sometimes) annoying if you are not used to it.

Theriver | 3/5 |


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