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THE THIRD EYE

Soniq Theater

Crossover Prog


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Windhawk
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4 stars The Third Eye is the third release by German keyboard virtuoso Alfred Mueller under the Soniq Theater moniker.

As with his other releases, this CD contains a mix of symphonic and progressive soundscapes, with some ambient moods and slight tendencies towards soundtrack music. Floating synths are mixed with emulated instruments, with drums, electric and acoustic guitar as well as bass guitar most noteable in the compositions, and the tunes are spiced with keyboard and synth layers; often numerous of these.

On this release most of the songs explore a dark and at times sinister musical landscape, which suits this music perfectly. Many strong tracks here, especially in the first half of the CD. Mueller seems to run out of steam a bit towards the end; but even so this is a good release, and a good starting point for exploring this artists discography.

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Posted Friday, May 09, 2008 | Review Permalink
kev rowland
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3 stars Alfred's third solo album was released in 2003, and is with his previous album he not only inferred which number album it was in the title he also played all of the instruments. There are a lot of really good things on here, especially "Bilbo Is Back" which is definitely Wakeman to a tee as it gently bounces along with a poptastic refrain. The only thing wrong with this song is that it is less than three minutes long! But, then it gets spoiled by the track that follows it "Vamos A Ver". This is one of the few times when vocals are utilised, where Alfred has sampled a singer called Suzann and has used her during the chorus and I really wished that he hadn't as the second scat line is massively out of tune with the music and every time I hear it I feel as if someone has dragged fingernails across a blackboard. And of course as it is sampled the same thing is repeated each time it is used. Either change the melody or don't use it!

To me this puts a dampener on what is one of Alfred's most accessible and enjoyable albums as he mixes Wakeman with Emerson and even throws in some JMJ for good measure. This is well worth hearing, but I bet you only play the third song just the once to see if I'm right.. www.soniqtheater.de (I am)

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