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The Amber Light


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3.94 | 12 ratings

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4 stars "Stranger & Strangers", the second EP by this talented band. Released after their debut album "Goodbye to Dusk Farewell to Dawn" it may abbreviate the time of waiting for the second album.

Unlike Dieter I have to say that I really like Softly There, Everywhere and Still going Nowhere for what they are: very good rock songs with gorgeous melodies. I really have to compliment them on their songwriting, even though the two songs have nothing in common with prog.

Whereas the title song Stranger & Strangers can undoubtedly be regarded as prog. 14 minutes up and down, just like a roller coaster ride. In the beginning Luis Gabbiani's beautiful voice opens the song, accompanied by mellow organ chords before the guitar and hammond chime in. The whole song gets heavier and fluently sidles through different passages including psychedelic, monotonous organ phrases until it comes to a long, really rocking part. I also have to mention the rythm section here, really awesome drumming and bass. In the end eveything is calming down and the song ends just as mellow as it began. I have nothing but acclamation for this great song, if you don't know it, you definitely missed something.

Finally we have the acoustic version of Hide inside which is really nice. I saw the band live again some weeks ago and they played an acoustic set which was an interesting event. The band supports ARCHIVE and RPWL on their current tours. ARCHIVE promote their new acoustic album so all the shows will be completely acoustic.

Yet again, THE AMBER LIGHT released fascinating music ranging between art rock, symphonic prog and so called post rock. I really recommend this disc, even though it is just an EP and no major release. Please note that my rating doesn't include the fact that it is just an EP because I wanted to rate it for what it is, not compring it to a major release. So it may be everything but essential but it's still an excellent addition to any prog music collection.

diddy | 4/5 |


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