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SYMPHONIC PICTURES

Schicke Fuhrs & Frohling

 

Symphonic Prog

3.93 | 66 ratings

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Tarcisio Moura
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2 stars Itīs interesting of how many obscure symphonic prog bands there were in the 70īs. Sometimes you just canīt figure out why they remained little known (when they do release one or more very good albums). sometimes itīs easy to understand their actual position in the prog world (when what they produced is not that great). This german trio sits somewhere too near to the second option : their first album was out in 1976 and while it has some good moments, it is far from being essential or even excellent. Nothing wrong with their musicanship: itīs clear that they are skillful instrumentists. But unfortunatly they were not as good at the songwriting department.

SFF canīt seem to make up their minds on what they are aiming at: symphonic prog? Avant guard? Jazz rock? Eletronic? Space rock? Youīll find elements of all those in here, albeit in a ragged and incoherent way. They canīt come up with a sound of their own and the songs just go on pointlessly. The opener Tao is a good exemple of a good idea that was not well developed: fine guitar riff, good drumming, excellent keys on the first few bars, reminding me of early Camel. Then it never reachs a climax or a convincing progression. And that plagues the whole album. Even the 16 minute suite Pictures canīt be saved. it reminds me a bit of King Crimson, but unlike Crimson they never get anywhere and the epic ends as it started: a bunch of notes put together, some good, some bad, nothing holding any kind of concept or integrated ideas. Some years before I guess their sound would be considered a novelty of kinds or something like that, but by 1976 it was quite a late comer even in that field.

Considering the high ratings I saw here on PA, I was expecting a lot more. This is definitly for hardcore fans of the style. My advice is: listen carefully before buy it.

Tarcisio Moura | 2/5 |

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