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NUMBERS AND THE BIG DREAM OF MR SUNDERS

Millenium

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4 stars This album may sound a bit secondary, since there are so many neoprog albums in the vein of ROGER WATERS, PINK FLOYD and MARILLION (also bits of early IQ records could be discernible). But the music on this album is a decent prog. It has catchy but not mundane tunes, interesting keyboards and guitar solos, the music is thoroughly sung and played and the production is spotless. The highlights are four opening tracks and the coda, there is also an interesting instrumental track "Talk To Aliens". It is an concept album exploring the topic of how would it be if you could you have had all your dreams fulfilled. The tracks are smoothly blended together into one, long song, the length of the tracks is balanced and they are joined with catchy instrumental themes. However, the only drawback are lyrics, because of which the development of the concept seems unfinished, IMHO. It is clearly visible that the author is more an musician than a poet and that they were translated to English from Polish. But not everyone is born Peter Hammill or Fish and great lyrics are a rare gem even in prog rock, so this is hardly a charge. Why have I rated it with 4 stars? Because it is decent, very audible music, which could give pleasure to any progfan, therefore would not spoil any collection, but otherwise, this record would smoothly fit into it.

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Send comments to RaphaelT (BETA) | Report this review (#103497)
Posted Monday, December 18, 2006 | Review Permalink
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3 stars During the recordings of ''Interdead'' Ryszard Kramarski came up with the idea of his next concept album: combining the central heroes of the ''Vocanda'' and ''Interdead'' stories into a new concept.The main figure of the album would be John Sunders, who won a large amount of money choosing the right numbers, but this way starts his trip towards his long adventures.Ten months of recordings at the Lynx Studios, between August 05' and June 06', would lead to the release of ''Numbers and the big dream of Mr. Sunders'' in September 2006.

In this album Millenium finally procude a semi-personal style of Neo Prog, led by their fantastic singer.The work is again heavily driven by the lyrical concept, however the sound is more balanced, eventually with enough room for some pretty good instrumental textures and a great changes between sensitive arrangements and more pompous breaks.Surprisingly, except SATELLITE, which have been one of the band's dominant inspirations, the new album contains also big time IQ influences in the alternating melodic/symphonic and more grandiose passages.The musicianship is full of decent and, most important, memorable melodies and the keyboard work finally is on the surface with some lovely semi-symphonic themes in the vein of COLLAGE, while the guitars are once more used with care, delivering series of interesting solos.A couple of ballads and some mellow pieces help the concept unfold with comfort and the sufficient presence of grandiose and powerful moments result a work of musical diversity in sights and sounds.

The incosistency for the Polish Prog Rockers continues with their sixth studio album.This time though it is for good reason.Nice, melodious and atmospheric Neo Prog with plenty of interesting material.Recommended.

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