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3.00 | 27 ratings

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2 stars The two previous albums released by Rousseau ("Flower in Asphalt" and "Retreat") are really good if you like melodic prog in the vein of Camel. However, I'm sorry to say that their level in "Square the Circle" decreases dramatically. Their sound is not fresh as it was before and their creativity seems to have disappeared completely. It's a very boring album with almost no highlights. The vocalist (who already sang in some songs in "Retreat") adds nothing especial to the sound of the band and in my opinion makes it worse. Even the instrumental songs lack the emotion and romanticism of their previous records. STC reminds me of Camel's worst records ("The Single Factor" and "I Can See Your house From Here") and that's really a pity because Rousseau's former two albums were much better than what Camel were doing in the same period. This is, most of the time, a melodic pop/ rock album and has nothing to do with what they showed us before. So, in "Square the Circle" don't expect the beautiful guitar solos of their previous two guitar players the band had or the fantastic flute melodies of Mr. Huster. If I had to say something positive about the whole thing, I would mention "Magical Moments-Reprise" (which has nice orchestral arrangements),and "Square the Circle" and "Timeless": the only songs that bring the old Rousseau to my mind.
DACE | 2/5 |


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