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3.42 | 36 ratings

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3 stars First of all I have to admit that this is the only FC album I have. Although I read in other reviews that their works are similar, I am intended to buy further ones. First, I think they do not play neo prog, seems much rather symphonic prog to me, I would change the category. The music is quite ok, fantastic, similar to early Genesis, especially keyboards, sometimes it seems they just copying Tony Banks style. I really like the songs, bass and drums are played in a very creative way. The keyboard and guitar solo is excellent in Between Reality And Dream. The problem is with the singing. When I first listened to it, I thoght it is a kind a joke, a parody, a travesty. Then I thought, ok there will come another singer, a lead singer with a unique or at least good voice. No second lead singer, unluckily. Schade. Even the backing vocalist is a 100 times better than Pal. His vocal range extends to maximum one octave, and his voice sounds so featurless and plain to me. The songs are complex, lot of changes in rhythm, excellent solos, great consonancy between the musicians. I really recommend the album, the instrumental part. When he starts singing, imagine that you hearing his fellow coutryman, Morten Harket from A-ha (one of the best voices in world), or Geoff Tate or anyone else... One more remark. Although the music is excellent, for the tenth listening it may become a bit primitive and the reason is that keyboard section is too plain, maximum two different sounds at the same time, lot of one-finger solos, no piano at all, same 70ies mood style all the way and there are not enough exuberant, rich sounds. * for singing , **** for music, *** altogether. All in all, I really recommend FC, they really put me back to my favourite decade, the 70s...
Tandary | 3/5 |


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