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3.78 | 58 ratings

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4 stars This is one of the best Japanese symphonic albums. The band played its first concerts already in 1982 but this debut album wasn't released until in 1986. The band, like many other Japanese progressive bands, had a female singer Hiroko Nagai. She is classically trained and absolutely one of the best of these Japanese female singers there is. In addition, she also plays the keyboards that are centred on piano. In general, this band has a great harmony in their playing. I think this is the main reason in addition to the strong compositions that this band stands out from the Japanese 80's progressive scene. The music is very refined symphonic and not as bombastic like for instance Teru's Symphonia from the same period. Guitarist Ikkou Nakajima, who was previously a member of Fromage, deserves a special mention as he was without a doubt one of the best Japanese guitarists. The band had also a flautist Kazuhiro "Mr. Sirius" Miyatake who ads a nice touch with his delicate playing. He is also known for his Mr. Sirius albums that he released shortly after this album was released. Hiroko Nagai was the vocalist in this band as well.

The album starts with the very good title song. My favourite song though is "Echo" which is the rockiest and most controversial song in the album. It's a very good track though and showing the band's capabilities at best. All tracks are at least good and therefore this album doesn't have any weak moments.

Conclusion: A classic from the Japanese symphonic scene!

geezer | 4/5 |


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