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4 stars The leader, singer, guitarist and keyboard player St'phane Desbiens firstly known for his band Sense decided to move on his own because he wanted more freedom. Sense was becoming a band difficult to keep together with a singer living too far. Since then Stephane has continued to make the same kind of Retro-Prog in his modern way with some big guest musicians from the prog scene. This time he had the help of his son in the bass position and he has kept his longtime relationship with producer Andy Jackson who his an obvious choice for a band that makes music with a Pink Floyd influence. The result is still brilliant with some elaborate arrangements with piano, flute, sax, and violin. However, the music still has that guitar-oriented (acoustic and electric) sound going along this identifiable voice of Stephane. The compositions are never too complex, "Crude Reality" is a fine example with his Genesis intro, his simple chorus to sing along, that gets heavier in his second part. The music is built around strong melodies containing a perfect balance with some delicate, melancholic atmosphere, and heavy passage with a crunchy guitar sometimes reminiscent of King Crimson. This is another good addition to your D-Project collection or your whatever kind of prog you want to call this 50 minutes album that goes so fast.
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Posted Sunday, November 11, 2018 | Review Permalink
5 stars For this new album D Project asked for the help of Glass Hammer's Fred Schendel on keyboard, Romain Thorel of Lazuli and Peter Falconer of Driftting Sun on vocal. Also Andy Jackson the sound engineer bring that kind of Pink Floyd's sound . As on the previous releases, we hear a lot of influences like Pink Floyd, Genesis and King Crimson, which gives an interesting mix of eclectic but quite successful musical styles. With quiet musical passages and others much more intense, we do not know what to expect with D Project's music and it's perfect like that. What I like is that all these songs have really beautiful melodies (listened to Be Kind and Be Free) with awesome guitars and violins solos ( Tell Me). We also have a various numbers of instruments such as flutes, violins, cello, and saxophone. The album is a bit short (48 minutes ) but no filler. Highly recommended
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Posted Saturday, November 17, 2018 | Review Permalink
5 stars After a long period , D Project returns with his 5th album.The line up is Stephane Desbiens(guitar,keyboards,voices), Jean Gosselin (drums), Philippe Desbiens (bass), Isabelle Cormier violon) and Francis Foy ( lyrics). The Find Your Sun album goes in another musical direction compared to the others cds. D Project ,over the years,has managed to developed his own sound . I like the way the songs are built and it offers us a wide variety of styles who is very well assimilated by the band.Maybe it takes several listenings to appreciate all the finest and the colors of the compositions.The strength of this album is to mix very well several influences from the past like Pink Floyd ,King Crimson, UK, Genesis without being a copy. Also you will hear Fred Schendel from Glass Hammer), Maiin from Lazuli and Peter Falconer from Drifting Sun.The enginering was done by Andy Jackson (Pink Floyd) Fav songs; Crude Reality,Tell Me and Be Free

Make you a great Christmas gift with in bonus the beautiful artwork

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Posted Wednesday, November 21, 2018 | Review Permalink
5 stars I discovered this band with Making Sense in 2014. This last album is in my opinion the best of D. Project. This album contains great guitar works, solid compositions, inspired lyrics.For me this album is a must for 2018. I like the intro song, The End, with its various changes, a heavy bass lines, guitar riffs like King Crimson and a section reminiscent of CSNY. Crude Reality reminds me GENESIS, (early era), and you dig into an heavy section with a choir, awesome. The longest song of the album, Tell Me, with his catchy chorus, with his jazzy finale and his beautiful violin solo.. The cd continues with the song The Sting's kind of PINK FLOYD period WISH YOU HERE WERE ...

The crunchy bass lines of Life To Spare reminds me YES and don't forget the outstanding keyboard solo ( Fred Schendel of GLASS HAMMER)! The song Be Kind has complex arrangements of voices and acoustic guitars.. You hear the classical side of D Project with the song;Find Your Sun part1, followed by The CRIMSONISH's Find Your Sun part2. with a solo section reminds UK.. The grande finale, Be Free offers a 12-string guitar (12 strings-guitar is everywhere on the album) with an emotional voice of Stephane. Bravo guys (and girl)! 4.5 stars

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Posted Tuesday, November 27, 2018 | Review Permalink
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3 stars The usual top-notch instrumental performances from Stéphane and guests trying to melt multiple styles and structures into the framework of single songs. The justifications for such odd, hodge-podge, patchork compositions are only, as always, in the mind of M. Désbains; as usual, they don't really make sense (or pleasure) to me. I'm surprised producer Andy Jackson (whose rendering of sound quality is great) allows these often disjointed and incongruous sections to end up in their final sections. Perhaps the Stéphane-Andy team have a vision that progressive rock should always be constituted from the gluing together of many separate songs into one. (Lord, what a precedent Peter Gabriel GENESIS created with "Supper's Ready"!) As always with Stéphane albums, there are great sections, great instrumental performances, cogent and relative lyrics, yet I have trouble liking any one song start to finish. The best song he's ever produced (and the only one that remains on constant rotation among my playlists) is the amazing title song from 2006's "Shimmering Lights."

3.5 Stars based upon the strength of "The End," "Find Your Sun," and "Be Free" and 12-string guitars. You be your own judge.

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Posted Monday, December 10, 2018 | Review Permalink
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4 stars Canadian band THE D PROJECT have been around since 2006, and was formed by Stephane Desbiens just prior to his former band Sense appeared to call it quits. Five studio albums have appeared since then, and the most recent of these appeared in 2018. The album is called "Find Your Sun" and was released via Ozeta Productions.

The D Project as of 2018 comes across as a creative and innovative band. The music on "Find Your Sun" contains enough details, changes and alterations to feel fresh and new for an extended period of listening time. The core audience for such an album would most likely be those with a special interest in bands that have an eclectic approach to progressive rock, and who don't mind that subgenres as neo progressive rock and progressive metal are among the elements used in a rather well flavored stew.

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Posted Friday, June 28, 2019 | Review Permalink

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