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TALES FROM MOONLIT BAY

Like Wendy

 

Neo-Prog

3.64 | 39 ratings

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apps79
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4 stars Bert Heinen seemed unstoppable regarding his rhythm on writing music during the first steps of Like Wendy and in 2000 he returned with the third and most ambitious effort so far, the album ''Tales From Moonlit Bay'', released again on Marc Brasse's LaBraD'or Records.This time his partner Marien contributed also some vocal parts apart for his drumming and keyboard performances.

Heinen decided to give it a shot on arranging a very long 21-min. epic, the ''Falcon Suite'', and the result was way beyong sufficient.This is an absolute Space Rock/Neo Prog masterpiece, with the first part captured by spacey piano interludes, intense lyrical moments, sensitive guitar work and a very deep atmosphere, while the second part is even better, featuring bombastic organ breaks, distorted guitar solos and strong groovy parts, like a cross between MARILLION, CLEPSYDRA and PINK FLOYD.The rest of the album follows more or less the same vein, divided into short, semi-long and long compositions, without though reaching the inspiration of the opening epic.Still this is very solid Neo/Symphonic/Art Prog in the style of FLAMBOROUGH HEAD, GALAHAD and CLEPSYDRA with beautiful vocal parts, long and sensational solos, acoustic hints, heavier moments with spacey synths and even symphonic instrumental textures, full of grandieur.The production remains strong, the mix is clear and satisfying and the moods Heinen can create is definitely a trademark of his music.

If this album had a couple of tracks close to its epic's unique inspiration, we would be talking about a classic of the genre.Still ''Tales From Moonlit Bay'' belongs among the nicest releases of Neo/Symphonic/Art Rock and deserves a great fame.Highly recommended.

apps79 | 4/5 |

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