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The Enid

Symphonic Prog

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4 stars There is something fascinating about the Enid, a vital force always able to build on more and climax at a higher level! The power of rock combined to the power of the symphonic orchestra is worked out at the golden quality of a perfect pair. The lyricism is phenomenal and shakes all your cells. Arise and Shine, like many other albums, also use another constant compositional element favoured by Robert John Godfrey: creating something new from previously written pieces! Is it the search of an organic continuum through time? I don't know but it works! Pieces from the debut album "In the Region of the Summer Stars" (like "The Judgement") or Salome are again presented with new details, parts, solos, sound, in magnificently recorded versions, ambitious and glorious, extraverted and emotional. One more time, we're taken away in a stream of Ravelian waves, Wagnerian exhultation, guitar solos burning you to the bone .... the musicians have changed, the sound has evolved and reflects newer times but the spirit remains untouched and the flame secretly keeps burning deep inside us. The Enid may not be seen by many as a standard progressive rock band but their spirit is anchored in it and so many other things too, most of all a somehow undefinable but clear British breath. Judge by yourself!
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