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Moon Safari


Symphonic Prog

4.11 | 458 ratings

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5 stars What if this is as good as it gets?

I certainly hope not anyway, but it could be true as the successor of this album was just not as good... I've been on this site for two years but only now have I decided to become a member, for what reason I'm not sure! I thought for my first review I would rate an album that I had just purchased and have been listening to, but I haven't listened to that album enough to write about it properly, so I'll just go with one of my most visited albums that I thoroughly enjoy. And that would be this!

Firstly, this album is magical, I have never heard consistently happy music such as this (but perhaps I haven't ventured far enough) before. Throughout this album you will only hear music that will make you happy. Even the slower, possibly 'sadder' parts such as A Tale of Three and Tree will not make you feel sad, because it's lovely. Actually, there are two bits in the epic that is angrier rock that lasts for more than a few seconds, but that's about it! And whatever other bits there are are soon gotten rid of. Fans of The Flower Kings will definitely enjoy this, I myself think that these dudes are better than them dudes, mostly because The Flower Kings tend to go off on tangents and noodle in some jazz, but there is no jazz in this album. Nothing's wrong with jazz either, but if you want idealistic nutter symphonic without that, here you have it! The only thing that you could find wrong with this album is that it could be too happy! Many reviews say that, so if you don't like the taste of honey then maybe this is not for you! (There is not a relationship between honey and this music other than both are really sweet)

Anywho, you've got vocal harmonies kicking off the album, and you'll be hearing these throughout the album, it's a nice song to start it off. The next song though is where it truly begins, Methuselah's Children begins with singing birds (perhaps a bit cliché?) and a classic piano giving the main theme, but soon come the keyboards and the tempo increases and the organ-esque keyboard comes in and so on and so on. It gets better to say the least! I should have got this album during the summer rather than the winter as the lyrics are exactly that, but it did pick me up during those winter months! In the Countryside comes in next, it's not one of the shining songs on the album, however the instrumental in the middle is very nice, and the outro as well, very peaceful.

Moonwalk brings on the completely instrumental song, and that riff will get stuck in your head because it's an ear worm, a nice one though! This instrumental also contains parts from songs throughout the album, but I had to revisit it to realise that, I'm not sure if they're cheating with that one or if they're pulling a Genesis, but they usually put their songs at the end of the album... where this song could also have fitted. The recordings of people orbiting the Earth are a nice touch and lead nicely onto the end of the song where it climaxes with that riff again, and you will not get sick of it. And a held note from the guitar leads onto Bluebells, another lovely song, it's so happy... etc.

I don't think I can go on song by song. The songs are just so cheerful that I'm not sure what else to say to help them sell to you, it's as if there is too much to say about them and at the same time not enough... you will get vocal harmonies and memorable melodies basically. If I could just bring your attention to, in my opinion, the two best songs on the album. The first is the first song on the second disc, Yasgur's Farm is just awesome. Fast-paced with a great guitar solo and talk about LSD, and based on the farm where Woodstock took place, the lyrics also talking about revolutions that take place with words rather than wars, which would be a beautiful thing if such a thing could actually be used to stop a war. Qucikly anyway.

And then you have the epic, one of my, if not my favorite epic. People have claimed that the 5 minute long acoustic intro may be a bit too much, and maybe on the first listen, but afterwards it seems to fit in perfectly with the rest of the song, because you hear inklings of it mentioned throughout the song, the one thing I haven't commented on either are the lyrics, throughout the album they can be seen as either intellectual or completely cheesy, but this songs lyrics are just great stuff, mainly if you may be like me and are afraid you're not doing enough, it portrays (what I think as) the typical person of today. There is also a happy part in this song which is written with 'sad' lyrics. The part that begins at six and a half minute mark and goes on for a few minutes is nearly too good, I have repeated that one part many times over and over again because it is so amazing. The whole songs is outstanding anyway, although one part they could have possibly shortened at about seven minutes towards the end would have made it flawless. I feel you can ruin songs by giving too much away, and I may have already spoiled this during my review, but there is one line at the end of the song which basically hit me inside when I first heard it in case it were true.

I'm probably just too soft, but I did give this five stars, I'll try be more sparing next time. And sorry if that was horrible, it was my first time! I'm sure some of you have said that before harhar. Too far...

Huseberry | 5/5 |


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