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MAKING SENSE

Chris

 

Neo-Prog

3.66 | 40 ratings

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toroddfuglesteg
4 stars The second album from Christiaan Bruin, one of the biggest talents to have hit the neo-prog and prog rock scene during the last decade. This is a composer and artist I will keep a close eye on in the future.

The second album from Chris continues down the neo-prog, nee symphonic prog path he set out on with his debut album. The music is sophisticated and refined. The references are Genesis, Yes, Pendragon and Marillion. Those bands and a solid dosage of Christiaan Bruin himself. I can also smell some RPI undertones too on this album. In short; this album is very melodic. Melodic, but not hard as in progressive metal. The songs are on average 8 minutes long and this album is a very big mouthful. Hence; this is not AOR or would appeal to fans of catchy three minutes long AOR songs.

The instruments are the usual synth, guitars, vocals and vocal harmonies, bass and drums. Nothing spetacular here, but nothing bad either. There is no Jimi Hendrix or Rick Wakeman like brilliance here on the instruments, let me put it that way. The instruments are though put to good use and I have no complaints.

The music here is on average very good with some superb harmonies and melody lines scattered around the place too. The title track is excellent. The same can also be said about Walking From A Dream. My only gripe is the vocals which is tested to destruction on this album. A good song teacher or another vocalist would be a good idea because the vocals sounds very painful. That and the lack of a real killer track. But this is though an excellent neo- prog/symphonic prog album from a man I hope we will hear a lot about and from in the next decades. Give us more, Chris !!

4 stars

toroddfuglesteg | 4/5 |

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