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SECOND ALBUM

Curved Air

 

Eclectic Prog

3.58 | 133 ratings

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Eetu Pellonpää
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3 stars When concerning quality, this album was sadly much less than I expected. I couldn't still give it the two stars it nearly deserves, as there are some very good musical moments here too. But the worst personal nightmare here for me was the fact that in excess of a one solitary track which ends abruptly in a middle of a bar, all other tracks end to a fade out. This solution caused unbelievably strong reactions in me, I contemplated that either the material has been produced so fast, that there was no time to finish the compositions, or more likely this solution had been seen as an ideal goal, which I disagreed quite much.

The last track here called "Piece of Mind" is really the best song here, lasting over twelve minutes, and being a fine psychedelia oriented and constructed epic. The song paints very dark, almost KING CRIMSON like shady visions pouring up from the inner world of the band. "Puppets" is also a funny though maybe too silly track, and I'm hearing some faint Mellotrons in the background too. The album starts with two good hit songs "Young Mother" and "Back Street Luv", which are both quite pop oriented and not very proggy songs (if this is a value). The second one has quite nice raw vintage electronics in it, and the version here is better than the live versions of it which I have heard. The vocals were mixed so quiet in the first song, that I couldn't hear the lyrics. Still despite these more conventional songs, the band could do very good jazzy rock stuff, and "Everdance" for example has an interesting old groovy touch in it.

If you like old music where the less dominant guitar gives space to a violin and keyboards, this could be a worthy album to check out. But the following "Phantasmagoria" album is in my opinion yet much better.

Eetu Pellonpää | 3/5 |

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