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3.94 | 299 ratings

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4 stars Such a beautiful little record...

Everyone who knows me and/or have read my reviews in the past might have been expecting a long and tedious rant about how unoriginal this album happens to be or how it's pretentious and down right ridiculous for a band called Höstsonaten (Autumn Sonata in Swedish) to release an album titled Summereve! Luckily, I've decided to skip going down that route today seeing that this is actually a nice little gem of an album. You probably won't hear me praising this material to skies since it's not really worth such a recognition, but that doesn't mean that I can't enjoy it for what it is.

Fabio Zuffanti and a massive lineup of talented musicians have crafted a beautiful symphonic album filled with gorgeous and melancholic melodies that will sit well with fans of the classic '70s instrumental music. Everyone who wants to hear a groundbreaking Symphonic Prog album should probably stay away from Summereve since it's far from a challenging record and at times it even boarders dangerously close to soft rock territory. Fortunately, I don't find that to be a bad thing since that band keep themselves far enough from treading over the more obvious prog clichés and deliver solid material all thoughout the album.

This is simply easy listening at its finest! If you're fine with that then definitely give this record a go. If not, simply stay and you won't get burned. Since I've never been one to shun great melodic compositions that don't try to be anything more than that, I can't find a reason for giving Summereve anything less than a solid rating of excellence. Nothing less and nothing more!

***** star songs: Glares Of Light (7:25) On The Sea (4:20)

**** star songs: Seasons's Overture (10:51) Evening Dance (4:13) Under Stars (3:17) Blackmountains (4:07) Prelude Of An Elegy (4:07) Edge Of Summer (5:40)

Rune2000 | 4/5 |


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