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ALMOST LIKE LOVE

Yesterdays

 

Symphonic Prog

4.46 | 6 ratings

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Stargirl79
5 stars This single CD took me by surprise. First of all we got to know Yesterdays as a symphonic prog band and here they took a trip down to a seventies pop road.

There are two songs on this single CD, the first is Almost Like Love. Although the song reminded me of Abba, it's not so far away from prog. The instrumentation is quite sophisticated and clever. Harpsichord is mixed with Yamaha CP (loved by Tony Banks of Genesis or Geoff Downes of Yes) and also some vintage Elka Strings Machine and the mighty Clavichord. This kind of pop-prog can be familiar for all those prog fans who liked Spock's Beard's Snow album, especially the song Wind At My Back, the drumming of József Szűcs reminds me of the tricks and clever simplicity of Nick D'Virgilio in that particular song. Very catchy melodies all over, vocals dubbed by the band's new lead singer Raluca Bilatiu. Raluca shines through and thanks to the doubling techniques she sounds like the two Abba girls. And this is high a compliment.

The credits shows that the harpsichords were played by the band's flute virtuoso, Gábor Kecskeméti. Very authentic and groovy. The bass, played by Zoltán Kolumbán also reminded me of Spock's Beard's Wind At My Back. The guitar solo sounds vintage, nice rotary speaker sound and also some Brian May-like overdubbing in three voices. High Queen influences on Ákos Bogáti's playing.

After all, with all these pop influences, Almost Like Love is a nice progressive-pop song.

The "B-side" of the disc is a song from their last album, "Colours Caffé", the last song called Zápor, and here's the long awaited English version as a powerful remix too, sounds so much better than the original version on the C.C. album. Raluca's voice is so colourful and looks like the band started to use more vocal overdubbing techniques, so the whole thing is more dynamic and shiny.

This Single CD can be recommended for all those prog fans who love the Hogarth-era Marillion and Neal Morse era Spock's Beard. Very song-oriented, melodic prog. Recommended!

Stargirl79 | 5/5 |

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