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THE SECRET GARDEN

No Name / The No Name Experience

 

Neo-Prog

3.84 | 38 ratings

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Hibou
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4 stars Although I know of only two albums from this band, I've been in love with them forever it seems, and I always hear them with equal pleasure. "The Secret Garden" is an excellent piece of prog centered around the musical style of the late 70's and early 80's. It is made up of sophisticated keyboards with highly melodious, original tunes and some dramatic vocals (mostly sung in English but sometimes in German). Although the production isn't always perfect (the guitars, especially, need more prominence for my taste), the mixture of tightness and mellowness that characterize the material makes it very seductive.

You'll rarely hear such energetic yet melodic prog from beninning to end on a single album, except perhaps from the likes of CLEPSYDRA. There are some epic tracks here, with various themes and time changes such as "Orient Express" and "A Tale of Mr. Fogg", both clocking at over 12 minutes. "Broken Heart" with its slow, PENDRAGON-like opening melody, its about-face guitar riffs that catapult the tune into a tight, energetic rocker and the mightly colourful musical phrases through out is enough to seduce any progger's ears who's into melodic prog. A fine album indeed.

Hibou | 4/5 |

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