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3.94 | 427 ratings

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3 stars Having got Sylvan's 'Leaving backstage' (Their live album), I could hear perhaps how limited their sound and style probably were.

The band ultimately have a 'heavy' guitar sound, interspersed and led by a keyboardist! it all comes together nicely in 'Posthumous silence', but can they offer anything else?

What strikes me about 'Sceneries' is the lack of creativity. They know the formula that their fans like, but have then bled it to death on the first disc.

Imagine the climax of 'Heart of Lothian' by Marillion, and then keep repeating it, because these 'climaxes' are obviously what they're best at. It all gets a bit tiresome, to be honest.

Surprisingly, the 'creative' part comes on disc 2. Quite where the heavy 'Part three' of 'Farewell to old friends', comes from, gould only knows! It's a high point nonetheless.

There's little or no 'atmosphere' music here, and the style overall is probably closer to the band's heart if the truth be told.

There are similarities to 'Misplaced child' (again, by Marillion), although Sylvan's sound is not the same. They're both kind of 'romantic' in feel.

I'd say that it's a solid Sylvan album, but the emphasis is more on those romantic climaxes than it is on Prog.

sussexbowler | 3/5 |


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