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[BLOMLJUD]

Moon Safari

 

Symphonic Prog

4.15 | 389 ratings

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dhsuhaka
5 stars (Note: This review was written nearly four years ago, but not posted on Prog. Archives until now. It has been slightly updated).

Over the last 30 years, "popular" rock and "alternative rock" music have not been particularly fertile fields for me. A few great bands have emerged with U2 leading the way. Progressive rock has continued, but in a limited and obscure manner, centered mostly in Europe (with Neil Morse/Spock's Beard being one great US exception).

Although some truly excellent music has sprung up over the last thirty years from this ongoing progressive rock movement, there has not been anything, for me, that has captured the pure magic of the early years of Yes, vintage Genesis, Gentle Giant; etc., until now!!!!! That CD is "Blomljud" by Moon Safari.

To receive this exalted status, a new CD from a band must be at such a high level that I would have to consider it a MASTERPIECE. I reserve this designation for only a handful of records/CDs over the last 45 years (see the Prog. Archives top 20 of all time).

A new masterpiece for me (equal to the giants of the past) would be a blend of the emotional depth and compositional prowess of 'Yes,' the musical sensibilities and subtlety of 'Camel,' the sweetness of the very best of 'Ambrosia,' along with the genius and philosophy of early 'Genesis' music.

If you could take all of this musical greatness and combine it with the vocal wonders of 'The Association," "Four Seasons" or "Beach Boys,' then you would have musical Nirvana.

And now we have just that! Once again, the band is 'Moon Safari' and the CD is "Blomljud." "Blomljud" is Swedish for, 'the sounds of flowers.'

If ever music was an ever opening flower, this is it! This CD contains 100 minutes (on two CDs) of some of the most blissful music EVER made! And to think that these 'Moon Safari' musicians are only kids (compared to me) in their late twenties/early thirties, from Sweden, takes me back to the early days of 'Yes.' Their music lifts the spirit to dazzling heights!

This is progressive rock music at its finest. You will love much of it immediately but most of its greatness will become apparent over time and after many spins. The lyrics are beautiful, wise, uplifting and even spiritual. Although every piece on the CD is superb, the thirty-one minute epic, 'The Other Half of the Sky' is a true Magnum Opus. Moon Safari's "Blomljud" is what I consider to be near perfect music.

Having seen Yes for the first time in 1972 and nearly 100 times since, along with seeing all of the giants of prog. play live many times back in the 70's, I now listen to and evaluate new music from that exalted perspective.

With Blonljud, (along with the likewise exceptional Lover's End CD, including the recently released Lover's End Part III) Moon Safari joins, in my opinion, Yes, The Beatles, Genesis, The Byrds, Camel, Gentle Giant, Pink Floyd, The Moody Blues, Renaissance and U2 as one of my "best bands" of all time. THANK YOU MOON SAFARI!!!!!!

dhsuhaka | 5/5 |

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