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Focus - Focus II [Aka: Moving Waves] CD (album) cover




Symphonic Prog

4.09 | 692 ratings

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4 stars Of course, everyone knows this release because of "Hocus Pocus", which is THE novelty hit of the progressive rock era, what with Thijs van Leer's yodelling, whistling and cartoon voices over proto-metal guitar riffs. It was also highly out-of-character for the band. The rest of the A-side-the acoustic guitar spotlight piece "Le Clochard (Bread)", the gentle flute-fronted "Janis", the pensive vocal ballad "Moving Waves" and the soaring guitar-based prog number "Focus II"-is far more indicative of the band's style.

This was also the first Focus album to attempt and out-and-out epic, with the 23-minute "Eruption" suite. It's a propulsive piece, full of forceful momentum, packed to the gills with great organ playing from van Leer, fine guitarwork from Akkerman. Unfortunately the momentum comes to a dead stop for "Endless Road", the drum solo, and never really regains it. Why did bands ever think that drum solos in the recording studio were EVER a good idea?

Progbear | 4/5 |


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