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5 stars This mini-CD is simply the best piece of music a french prog band ever released.

An outstanding EP in every way !!!

Eric Bonnardel's keyboard-playing is bringing heart & soul to ARRAKEENs neo-prog-stylish sound, you can simply compare him to Martin Orford or Mark Kelly. Yves Darteyron on bass is very good too, his baselines are very solid and clear. Attention: Ma´kos vocals are extremely high and sometimes strange, either you like or you will hate it totally...a question of taste! I like it, because it's totally different to all other female vocals I ever heard before.Sylvain Gouvernaire's guitar-work sounds so fresh, powerful and melodic, much better then Marillion's Steve Rothery (...sorry for that, Steve). It's a pity, that Sylvain left the band after this EP. (You can listen to him on the "IRIS - Crossing The Desert" CD too) JESUS, what a great guitar-player Sylvain is ! Listen to his wonderful guitar on "Le monde du quoi" (timecode 3:27+), "Differences" (timecode 9:14+) *breeeeezing* , "L'Entaluve" (timecode 3:25+). Nothing more to say.

***** stars ... without a shadow of a doubt, for "magical moments" on this NEO-PROG-MASTERPIECE.

Grendelbox | 5/5 |


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