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4 stars Most of French progressive bands (even that not from Symphonic-prog style) always give us a impression of be influenced by bands like ANGE and MONALISA... and although TAAL "Mr Green" reveal a bit of Symphonic in their music, this effect don't fact their music is Eclectic-Prog in the more pure way, you can find a "touch" for various music styles. This affirmation is already clearly perceived as soon in the first track "Barbituricus " starting with a Symphonic theme with a female chorus and alternate this calm theme with a Heavy-Prog direction , but around 10:30 min the music takes a dramatic form like a sound-track from a Opera with flute and horns intermissions and retakes the initial theme in a "Grand Finalle". The first compass from track 2 "Coornibus" evokes Ravel's "Bolero" due their musical construction and rhythm and forward in some type of Heavy "gypsy dance" and after a "hint of Bach's music (starting at 3:50 min). Track 3 "Flat Spectre" is a "stylized waltz" which the main theme seems taken from Harry Potter's films. In track 4 "Ragtime" the title say all, the curiosity in this track is a Sax or something like that ( P A line-up don't show any info ) sounding like a elephant's singing and dancing in a cabaret (at least a very funny scene ). The track 6 "Mr Green" shows the same ragtime "flavor" form track 4. Track 7 "Mr Grey" is another "stylized waltz" . Some moments of track 8 "Aspartamus" recall me the Symphonic Prog of CAST. Track 9 "Super Flat Moon" is a mix of space and fusion like a meeting from Return To Forever and Pink Floyd. In my opinion this first album from TAAL "Mr Green" is superior in relation to "Skymind", my rate is 4 stars !!!
maryes | 4/5 |


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