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3.29 | 91 ratings

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Sean Trane
Special Collaborator
Prog Folk
2 stars 2,5 stars at most!!!

I was not very kind with Sommerabend (their previous album) in my review , but I did stay humorous. With this album , Novalis continues/confirms the direction it took with Sommerabend and stretches it a bit more. Best proof is the side-long epic Sonnenwende meant to be the second part of of epic Sommerabend . Personally , I think they might have gone back to the first albums and done so much better music.

Some people into symphonic rock might love this album , but to me this sounds like run-of- the-mill average radiophonic rock of the era (I think they had a hit with the opening track) and the pastoral flavour of the first two album (and still present in Sommerabend) is totally absent. The side-long suite Sonnenwende slides by me , only boring me as my mind drifted after the first movement that gave its name to the album, even though the ambitious lyrics have a high quality using poem by Friedrich "Novalis " von Hardenberg. However, I had had enough of Novalis at the time.

Only does the second track hold a bit of interest being the folkiest tune on the album. Need I remeber you that Novalis started as a sort-folk-rock and Banished Bridges is still their best abum to date?

Sean Trane | 2/5 |


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