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Crossover Prog

3.78 | 130 ratings

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Eetu Pellonpaa
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4 stars This album resembles a story, circling within a cycle between "Whose Dream?" theme, and flowing passionately forward as a logical musical concept. As the band started to create this material in the eighties, I think it is logical that flavors of that time are present in the sound philosophies on some level, maybe most strongly in compositional structures, delicate arrangement complexities and powerful feeling of the melodic forms, associating with some symphonic neo prog bands. However the instrumental sound style relates very strongly to older vintage analogue tones of heyday of progressive rock and psychedelic music, Thus the music has personal and interesting appearance, and fusions good elements from the past to more modern day concepts, doing something both innovative and familiar. Also the compositions are well considered, not focusing to only evident playing skills, but creation of solid album entity which is pleasant for the listener. Overall feeling is very emotional and delivering honest human presence forth, and long production time has ensured there are no filler tracks included, sonar tales flowing according fine quality line.

The album's intro carrying the group's name has loads of happy positive energies, and introduces quickly but in definite spectrum the stylistic palette and musical abilities of this group. The theme cycle and album title theme "Whose Dream?" has dreamy hopeful acoustic guitar and piano, painting really pretty and calm nocturnal ambiences. "Walk in Paradise" uses some vintage electronics, leading to waiting feeling, which are relieved by strong guitar maneuvers leading to more vividly altering compositional parts. The magical anticipation continues in "Handful of Rice", now with more concerned emotions prevailing. "Flight of The Phoenix" is one of my own favorites here, as I'm quite open to calm acoustic tunes, this one opening later with the driving of drums. "Midnight Skies" is a ballad with mighty guitar solo reminding bit Pink Floyd mid-70's days, and "Long-Distance Runner" returns to more emotional levels. "The Deal" creates tension dramatically to the conclusion of the album, where the "Whose Dream?" theme is treated in a more powerful instrumental manner.

I admit I have not listened extremely much to this kind of post-1970's symphonic-oriented progressive rock music, but one association I got from the overall sound as a Finnish listener was the group Ageness, maybe due the strong presence of feeling in the singing and also richness of musical content in slightly similar stylistic frames. From fine performers most memorable for me are the personal singer and skillful guitarist, and sympathetic keyboards reminding slightly Camel. Diversity of musical elements are merged as compact and smooth well working entity, and it is difficult to find reasons not for recommending this album for the fans of classic progressive rock music.

Eetu Pellonpaa | 4/5 |


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