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REFUGEE

Refugee

 

Symphonic Prog

4.09 | 148 ratings

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Evolver
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Crossover & JazzRock/Fusion Teams
4 stars Before joining Yes for the "Relayer" album, Patrick Moraz briefly teamed up with Keith Emerson's cohorts from The Nice, Lee Jackson and Brian Davison, and came up with this lone album.

Despite the absence of Emerson, the style and sound of this album is nearly identical to The Nice, minus some of the silliness. Moraz plays primarily on the Hammond organ and piano, and while not as bombastic as Emerson in approach, uses a similar combination of jazz and classical stylings. His synth work on the other hand, has a more Wakeman-like feel. The speed and fluidity of his playing shows why Yes chose him as a suitable replacement.

The songs are reminiscent of The Nice, with symphonic sections, which give way all too often to simplistic one chord jamming. Jackson and Davison sound faster and tighter than on the Emerson albums, But Jackson's barroom vocals are still much too grating for this style of music.

The best tracks are the opener, Papillon, and the long closer Credo. But all of the tracks are saved by Moraz' great keyboard work.

4 stars, despite the vocals.

Evolver | 4/5 |

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