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Simon Says


Symphonic Prog

3.68 | 69 ratings

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5 stars In this second studio albun, "Paradise Square", the Swedish band SIMON SAYS, presents a work, that approaches the sonority found in his third albun "Tardigrade." Maybe that fact is due the change of drummer , the one that seems left the band sound more "freest" , and for guitarist's change, that turned the guitar melodies (electric and acoustics) more pleasant (due to characteristic form of developing the themes) with larger space in the arrangements. In fact, the new guitarist Jonas Hallberg, presents (in my opinion) a larger "amount" of technical resources (lots of volume pedals for instance) and a melodic line more closer of Steve Howe's style ( hears the final passage of the track 1 "...and by the Water", where the guitar presents an effect very similar to that used in the end of "Close to the Edge") & Steve Hackett ( is enough to just hear the introduction of the track 2 "Paradise Square" Continue evident in this disk the same influences that I observed "Ceiwen", however due the alterations in the line-up of the band the main influence of GENESIS appears more lessened and the instrumental "scenery" presents larger proximity with YES, EMERSON LAKE & PALMER and even GENTLE GIANT. A brilliant disk, full of beautiful moments. My rate is 5 stars!!!
maryes | 5/5 |


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