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Elegant Simplicity



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3 stars Soon after ''Purity and despair'',multi-instrumentalist Steve McBabe proceeded on the recordings of the 11th studio album of Elegant Simplicity in just seven years-time with some significant changes.Gone are Peter J. Douglas and Gilbert Ross,who helped Steve on drums and bass,and this time he collaborates with bassist Ken Senior (of Parallel or 90 degrees fame),using not his bass abilities but his voice and leaving the whole instrumental side of the project apart.

Musically the album follows the succesful path of the recent future.Very melodic progressive rock,alternating between keyboard- and guitar-based themes with scarce flute passages,close to the likes of CAMEL and PINK FLOYD.McBabe's guitar style remains the center of the album with some excellent soloing throughout,keyboard work changes from analog ones (light mellotron and atmospheric organ) to mellow piano parts and flashy synths.Drums are again a main problem,too mechanical with a standard programming,leaving a cold feeling.Senior's lead voice and backing vocals are too carefulmquite decent though,adding another dimension to Elegant Simplicity's music.

I will say this again.This artist deserves some more attention.Of course the frenetic rhythms of producing albums prevents him from creating a masterpiece,but ''Moments of clarity'' is (for one more time) a very good album of melodic progressive rock,close to the quality of full bands.Warmly recommended.

apps79 | 3/5 |


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