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4 stars The least that I can say about this WORK is that when you listen to the first notes of the opening number you instantly know that you are in front of quite a special album!

"Lunetic" is by no means a lunatic affair. The entire contrary. It is an extraordinary psyche rock song with a fantastic beat all the way through. The attacking guitar is from another world and the whole rhythmic section plays outstanding. This long track (just over the 12 minutes mark limit) is truly amazing. A jewel of psyche-rock music. A highlight of course.

The guitar ?oriented side of this album is underlined again with "The Theme". But the theme of music is completely different. This time, we are brought back to the full symph style: melodic, sweet, soft? with some tranquil mellotron in the background. Again, this is a solid piece of music: should I say a second highlight? The second half of the song though is completely crazy again.

Needless to say that if you are expecting some quietness; you'd better be prepared. The few peaceful moments here are mixed with the most incredible and powerful ones! What a great mix indeed!

My passion for this work declines somewhat with the third and longest song. "Manhattan Project" sounds too much self indulgent to my taste. Lush keyboards, bombastic atmosphere but some sort of pompous feel are dominant. Still, when all these defects disappear, the flute and tranquil piano are an enchantment. This track holds several different parts though; and I guess that each one can "feed" your prog heart. Just grab what your mood tells you to do?

This album is almost all instrumental and demonstrates quite a high technical skill. Quite an achieved work that deserves four stars with no ambiguity.

ZowieZiggy | 4/5 |


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