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A QUICK STEP

Womega

 

Eclectic Prog

3.03 | 14 ratings

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3 stars "A Quick Step" is the debut full-length studio album by Belgian progressive rock act Womega. The album was released through EMI in the winter of 1975. "A Quick Step" is the only album release by the band.

The music on "A Quick Step" is hard to define and youīll hear the seven man band (the lineup includes no less than three brothers)incorporate quite a few musical styles to form their sound. In addition to two guitarists, a bassist, a drummer, a lead vocalist Womega also features a brass/flute player and a keyboard player. The two last mentioned add tasteful textures to the music. The rythm section is in the jazz-rock vein, while the guitars play both harmony runs and funky rythms. Itīs all delivered with skill and conviction, but lead vocalist Herman Merken is the weak link in the chain IMO. Itīs not that he canīt sing though. He delivers both lead and harmony vocals in a satisfying fashion, but he has a pretty unremarkable voice and it doesnīt help that the vocal melodies arenīt that easy to remember either. Thatīs something most people are used to when listening to progressive rock though (Read: Unremarkable singers) and it shouldnīt be a problem to most.

One of the greatest assets of the album is the high level musicianship. These guys can play and they often venture into adventurous territories to show it off. The nice little acoustic guitar piece "Bagatel" with itīs classical leanings is an example of that. The warm and organic sound production is another asset. "A Quick Step" is a pretty interesting progressive rock album to these ears, but it lacks that final songwriting skill to really leave a long lasting impression, so there are both good and not so good things to say about it. I guess a 3 - 3.5 star (65%) rating is warranted.

UMUR | 3/5 |

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