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[BLOMLJUD]

Moon Safari

 

Symphonic Prog

4.15 | 379 ratings

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Anthony H.
Prog Reviewer
4 stars Moon Safari: Blomljud [2008]

Rating: 8/10

Blomljud is the sophomore release from Swedish progressive-rock band Moon Safari. The band's debut A Doorway to Summer immediately showcased their signature sound. Moon Safari combines retro symphonic-rock with 50s-style vocal melodies to create an interesting new approach to the symph-prog genre. While I enjoyed that album, a lot of it was musically underdeveloped and emotionally shallow. Blomljud corrects these problems. Moon Safari's core sound has not changed; the title that translates to "Sound of Flowers", which should give you a decent idea of what to expect in terms of tone. However, the band has now added real substance to their already firmly-established style. This sprawling 100-minute double-album is filled to the brim with gorgeous vocal melodies, intelligent songwriting, and cheery sunshine.

"Constant Bloom" is a pretty barbershop-quartet style a-cappella intro. The 15-minute "Methuselah's Children" is absolutely phenomenal. Countless fantastic vocal melodies show up here, and the instrumentation is crisp and well-executed. "In the Countryside" is a folky track with more nice melodies. Lyrics about moving into the wilderness fit the music perfectly. "Moonwalk" is an instrumental piece that reprises and builds upon previous themes. Moon Safari sans vocals is quite strange, but it actually works quite well. "Bluebells" is another masterful piece. Yet again, the band manages to fill a long track with innumerable memorable vocal melodies. The acoustic guitar and piano work sounds fantastic, to boot. "The Ghost of Flowers Past" opens with a phenomenal synth solo. This track is more somber than the rest of the album, but it still features many fantastic melodies. "Yasgur's Farm" may be the best song Moon Safari has done thus far. This is everything the band does best: infectious vocal hooks combined with an epic symphonic sound. "Lady of the Woodlands" is a medieval folk piece. This track is so much fun that it makes me forget how cheesy it is. "The Tale of Three and Tree" is a rather uninteresting short ballad. "Other Half of the Sky" is a sprawling half-hour epic. This is an excellent track, but it falls just the tiniest bit short. There are multiple fantastic ideas at play here, but they fail to completely pan out within the hugely extended format. Regardless, this is still a superb piece. "To Sail the Beyond the Sunset" is a nice closing piece, but I wish that the album would have ended on a more dynamic note.

Blomljud is an absolutely fantastic album that has given me full respect for this young Swedish band. I'm extremely tempted to give this a full-on masterpiece rating, but a few less-than-fantastic songs and the slightly underwhelming nature of the epic track hold back my hand from doing so. Although this album may not be an absolute masterwork, I still cannot recommend it enough. A word of warning, however: this album is not for everyone. Anybody who is unable to enjoy light vocal hooks and an insatiably cheery atmosphere should avoid this thing at all costs. Those who appreciate such things should not let it pass them by, however. Blomljud is Moon Safari's magnum opus: an epic collection of sunshine-filled "Beach Boys prog" with a no shortage of beautiful melodies.

Anthony H. | 4/5 |

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