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FADED LEAVES

La Tulipe Noire

 

Neo-Prog

3.49 | 37 ratings

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Mellotron Storm
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3 stars This is the third studio album from this Greek band and not much has changed in their sound from the previous album "Shattered Image". It seems like most rate this one ("Faded Leaves") higher than the previous one though although i'm not one of them. "Faded Leaves" does seem to achieve greater highs than "Shattered Image" but it also has some very average sounding tunes. So overall I prefer the previous one and maybe since that was my first taste of the band that could also have an influence on my feelings towards these two records.

"Silence" and the next two tracks really got my hopes up. All three songs to start this album are fantastic ! The atmosphere with lots of background synths and those female vocals that remind me of the SIMPLY RED singer are so impressive. Especially when she sings with passion, but even in a reserved voice i'm hooked.

Things come back to earth big time on "Lost Souls Ballad" which is probably my least favourite.This continues with the next three tracks as well. It's not until we get to "Wanderer" that my hopes are raised but by now it's too late. Still this song is amazing with all that atmosphere and some excellent guitar too. "A Memory Picture" opens with lots of atmosphere as keys come in in a sparse manner. Guitar is next then bass as it picks up slowly. It kicks in before 2 minutes and vocals follow. Not bad song really but i'd say there are four incredible songs on this album and five so-so tunes.

A good Neo album regardless.

Mellotron Storm | 3/5 |

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