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4.07 | 142 ratings

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3 stars A difficult call. Though every measure is presented with taste, executed with class, and played with precision, I always get the feeling 'Escenes' is missing something. A heavier dynamic touch might be just the thing to make this album interesting, but there's a dominating lightness throughout. An erupting electric guitar passage here and an otherworldly synthesizer excursion there would make this thing really buzz, but alas, the music is presented in a flatline manner that tells me they're quite serious about not making huge waves. Instruments are played delicately; the cymbal touches are even soft and the guitar is barely present. The dominant melody line in each song is usually led by flute, sometimes of the piccolo variety. The tempos are bouncy and the melodies are almost always bright and major-key. It all adds up to something of a snoozefest if you're not in the mood (despite the admittedly excellent musicianship). I'm not often in the mood for music that's agreeable and easy-going, so I'll have to give this one a rather mild recommendation. (Interesting that this site points you toward Camel, Finch, Anglagard, England, Genesis, Cathedral and Yes if you're interested in Gotic...I love each of those bands immensely, and find their music far more exciting than Gotic.)

A little light in the loafers, but quite good if you're looking for gentle prog without too much shock or aggression.

slipperman | 3/5 |


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