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Focus - Focus II [Aka: Moving Waves] CD (album) cover




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The Squirrel
4 stars Focus is one of my favourite bands. I love to listen them, their intrumental progressive rock. They have that great sense of humour too. I am talking about the dutch masterminds Thijs van Leer and Jan Akkerman. They together are Focus, with the changing rhythm section.

This is my second favourite album of Focus. The album contains calm and emotional songs, as well as rocky and more powerful trakcs. It is very decent and not too long album. The songs:

The album starts of with the legendary riff of the legendary song Hocus Pocus. If someone has heard about Focus, he/she has heard about Hocus Pocus. The song is great, but it's little overrated. It has the same structure throughout the song, but I would still call it prog even it structurally is not. Le Clochard is beautiful and emotianal song. Very melodic. Janis is all about one flute melody, though its good, they could've just add that melody to somewhere else. My least favourite track of the album. Moving Waves is another calm and emotional track. Very soft vocals and beautiful music. The next song, Focus II is basic stuff from Focus, all the Focus-named songs are the same type. They all are very good songs including this one. The last song is the epic 20 minute Eruption. It is not a masterpiece, though it is very good. But too long compared to its quality. They could've cut things out.

All in all this album is very good, not essential: a masterpiece of progressive music, but an excellent addition to any prog music collection. If you are not familiar with the band, this or Focus III is a great place to start.

The Squirrel | 4/5 |


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