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3.46 | 25 ratings

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5 stars Since this album was released it has been my favourite cd. The four Dutchmen composed some beautiful themes, played with technical skills. The singer, Jan Jaap Langereis, has a pleasant voice. He also plays the keyboards. The guitarist (Gerrit Hoogebeen), the bass player (Sven de Haan) and the drummer (Robbert Schuster) know exactly what to play. The group is more important than the individuals so don't expect freaky solos. I have listened to this album at least five hundred times and every time I hear something new. The album was produced by the band itself, but the quality is great. In the seventies a lot of record companies would have signed this band, but nowadays it is almost impossible for bands to get a record deal. So this album was released by the band itself. Imagine what would have been when the boys wouldn't have had enough money to finance the recording and printing of this cd... The magnum opus of this album is the song "A second life with heart and soul", with a lot of changes in rhythm. It lasts over 21 minutes, but it seems like five. Other highlights are Shazz, Trespassing and A void. Is there something I don't like about this album? Yes! I don't like the voice of female guest singer Marina Knip on the song "Dancing bird". Her voice doesn't harmonize with Jan Jaap's. This means that theoretically it is possible to make a better album than this one. I recommend this album to fans of "Forse le lucciole non si amano piu" by Locanda delle Fate. The atmosphere is the same and you can feel the love for melodic captivating music. Salmon, in my opinion, is an orchestra: no note is played if unnecessary and all notes have a meaning. Unfortunately the band split in the beginning of 2005, after the release of their second album.
Clepsydraakje | 5/5 |


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