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Symphonic Prog

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the philosopher
3 stars Beyond Expression is the second release of the Dutch instrumental-only sympho proggers Finch. Finch prooved with their near-excellent debut "The Glory of the Inner Force" that they belong to Holland's finest 70's prog artists with a sound between Focus, Camel and Yes with the speed of Mahavishnu Orchestra. Beyond Expression has no line-up changes (although PA notes Jan v. Nimwegen instead of Joop v. Nimwegen on the debut record: this is a misstake: both records contain Joop v. Nimwegen) and has litle difference in sound in comparison with Finch's debut record. It sounds a bit more like Camel and there are less guitar pyrotechnics a la Jan Akkerman, although Van Nimwegen is still playing at intriguing speed. The record just contains three compositions, whereby the first composition is a sidefilling track.

Although the band is based on the guitarist Joop v. Nimwegen and bassist Peter Vink (ex Q65 (top Dutch acid rock band)) it is the keyboard player which delivers the nicest parts. Especially the solo's of Determijer on "A Passion Condensed" and "Scars on the Ego" are quiet brilliant. The solo's of Van Nimwegen are technically correct and interesting, but miss the sparkle it had on "The Glory..". Also the songwriting is somewhat less good then on Finch's debut. Especially "Beyond the Bizarre" cannot hold my attention.

This record misses the fresh energy it had on Finch's debut record. Finch has not changed in sound and therefor created a copy of the debut, which is less sparkling however and misses the fine touch. Together with a not-optimal production I conclude that this is a record which will amuse the fans, but is not essential. 3,5 stars.

the philosopher | 3/5 |


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