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Elegant Simplicity



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3 stars 'Purity And Despair'' marks the 10th overall release by the overproductive project named Elegant Simplicity,led by multi-instrumentalist Steven McCabe.But it doesnt mark any significant changes regarding the sound of the band.

And it seems that Elegant Simplicity is a name perfectly chosen for this project.Because the five instrumental epics and mini-epics of the album are quite simplistic and accesible,but at the same time so elegant,delicate and why not challenging.Mc Babe delivers modern Progressive Rock based on refined melodies and a smooth atmosphere with good and careful use of keys,not far from soft Symphonic Rock bands like CHANCE or THE FOUNDATION.The later tracks feature also a more symphonic structure with some nice flutes and CAMEL are a great comparison point.Not everything of course goes the right way,as the electronic drums sound too mechanical and the album has a rather ''digitilized'' sound overall...But nobody's (or almost nobody) perfect.

I enjoyed this album very much despite its weak points to the point asking myself why this band and such a talented artist are so overlooked.You should give them a shot,especially if delicate,smooth,melodic Classic Prog Rock is your thing.

apps79 | 3/5 |


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