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4 stars ****1/2

This debut album by Quidam is by far the group's best album so far. In my opinion it's also the best album ever from Poland (or should I say at least from the ones I have heard). An obvious choice for many would probably be Collage - Moonshine but due to my dislike of neo-progressive I prefer this album much more. The most dominant instruments in Quidam's music are both the keyboards and the guitar but they also use nicely the flute and especially the cello. The classical instruments are almost exclusively used in the solo sections. I really like the guitar playing of Maciek Meller. I believe it's not unfair to say that his solos are very hackettesque and always with a great melody. Unfortunately, after this album the band decided to adapt some neo-prog elements into their music.

The album kicks off with "Sanktuarium" which in my opinion is the best track they have made and probably the best they ever will make. It is a very beautiful track without any faults. The solo with the cello and the guitar in this song is absolutely haunting. This track is superb! Another highlight track is the 14-minute closer "Plone". A great track that one indeed. It is also due to these two fantastic tracks that I give this album an extra half star.

The vocals are in Polish and sung very beautifully by Emila Derkowska.

Conclusion: One of the best symphonic albums from the nineties.

geezer | 4/5 |


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