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5 stars I find it hard to believe that so few prog fans have heard this album, which is beyond a shadow of a doubt a masterpiece. What's more, it's been available on CD from a major label for quite some time in Canada. Quebec's Harmonium broke up after this album, and it was for the best, because I can't seem them bettering it. Serge Fiori decided to drop some of the folky aspects of the band's previous albums, adding a rhythm section and working with a composer to come up with classical interludes. This double album describes a soul's mystical longings in a very emotional fashion. I think Fiori may have the finest, most expressive voice in prog, and he uses it to full emotional effect. Some songs are upbeat, featuring joyful multi-voice harmonies, but others are sombre ballads dripping with sadness. The instrumentation is a tasteful mix of clean guitars, classical piano, lush synth textures and strings. There are a couple of ambient passages that are tear-jerking in their beauty. As far as classical/rock unions go, it just can't get better than this. This is easily my favourite symphonic album, which fans of that kind of prog just can't afford to not own!
Heptade | 5/5 |


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