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MORE GRAINS OF SAND

Clepsydra

 

Neo-Prog

3.65 | 88 ratings

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The Crow
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3 stars Pure Neo-Progresive music, with all the cliches of this style, and some of its virtues!

The sound in this album could have been better (specially in the keyboards, too much in the 80's way, and the drums, a little weak in my opinion...), and some songs are a little boring, like The River In You Eyes, The Prisoner's Victory... But when you hear the passionate Aluisio's singing (despite his terrible english pronunciation...) and the outstanding Lele's guitar solos in some songs of the record, you'll forget part of the weakness this album has.

I think the best fact of this record are the Gabriel Hofmann's guitars (aka Lele Hofmann), who left the band after this work. His solos are very heart-touching, and they can even get tears from your eyes... But he plays the guitar in a very Mike Oldifeld's way! For that, the Lele's guitar it's not very original...But he's still great.

Best songs: Moonshine on Heights, Birthday Party, Hold me Tight (marvellous solo here!) and The Last Grain.

Conclusion: if you take take the dramatic Marillion's feeling, some of the mellow Pendragon songs, and the IQ's keyboard sound... You'll have "More Grains of Sand"! So this album is recommended for the purest Neo-Progresive lovers! But if you want to discover this band, I recommend you to start with "Fears" anyway, or their masterpiece "Alone", wich is one of the best neo-prog albums I've heard.

My rating: ***1/2

The Crow | 3/5 |

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