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Ekseption

 

Eclectic Prog

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Agemo
3 stars I already recommended Beggar Julia's Time Trip as a good start to explore the music of Ekseption. Another good album is their third. This is another Ekseption album that features vocals. This time however you don't hear the voice of Michiel van Dijk, but they enlisted singer Steve Allett (his real name is Coen Merkelbach). Van Dijk however still sings on one track, Another History. On this album you can find a mix of "classic" tracks and original written tracks.

It opens with a good version of Bach's Peace Planet, which has that wonderful organ sound from Van der Linden. The first vocal track is B 612. Allett sings in a more operatic way than an Dijk, but it works well with the pastoral music. Morning Rose has vocals as well and is yet another good, melodic track. Piece for symphonic and rock group in A minor is divided in two parts. In the first part you hear the orchestra, in the second part it is the rock group. The Lamplighter is a jazzy reworking of a Bach classic. On Sunday They Will Kill The World has vocals again. For Ekseption standards it sounds rather heavy. On Another History we hear the voice of Michiel van Dijk. Maybe this track is a leftover from Beggar's Julia. This doesn't mean it isn't good, since it is. The album ends with a typical Ekseption song, with organ extravaganza and a jazz part in the middle.

This album is, next to Beggar's Julia Time Trip, the best Ekseption has to offer. A good album indeed.

Agemo | 3/5 |

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