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HARLEQUIN MASS

Harlequin Mass

 

Symphonic Prog

3.31 | 24 ratings

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toroddfuglesteg
2 stars Unknown band and a one album wonder from USA.

Or should I say New York ? I guess they are from New York because of their sound. A sound very typical for New York at that time. Or Greenwich Village to be more precise. We are talking bohemian laid back pop music with hints of folk rock and jazz. To this, Harlequin Mass has added both symphonic prog and punk/new wave. But most of all, this album reminds me a lot about what Edie Brickell did 10-15 years later.

The vocals sometimes comes across as new wave with hints of Squeeze and Madness. Sometimes she tries to sing in a symph prog fashion. But she is mostly restricted to her confines, which is pop/rock. Most of her vocals is dead flat and falls flat on it's face. The instrumentations is also a bit flat.

The quality is not good at all. This album is a confusion of many different styles melted into this Greenwich sound. There are some good melody lines well hidden inbetween the mediocrity. The opening minute for example. But most of this album is as fun as watching the doves in New York having breakfast. In short, please wake me up again.

2 stars

toroddfuglesteg | 2/5 |

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