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Sean Trane
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2 stars This fourth album is the logical follower of Nobody but that also means that it out of the scope of this site as this is rather poor in Prog contents : I would diagnose less than 5% which means that you will never overdose of it but will likely get bored before reaching the fatal level. Don't get me wrong , this is correct FM rock along the lines of Foreigner (actually, they spring to mind quite often when I hear Alquin) . Even the longer tracks divided into subsection are relatively uninteresting for the proghead. Another comparison would be their great fellow Dutchmen Golden Earring (not any proggier but one hell of more adventure and inspiration , though). In another site , i might have given this a third star.
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Posted Wednesday, January 5, 2005 | Review Permalink
2 stars The last studio album from Alquin (until their reformation almost 30 years later of course). On Best Kept Secret the band chose to go mainstream, removing almost all the proggresive elements from their previous offerings and their sound becoming very American, not unlike The Eagles.

This is actually a very fine rock 'n' roll record with the tracks Central Station Hustle, One more Night and Take any Road being quite enjoyable, however I don't think this is an album that a prog-head would listen very often. It seems that this record proved very popular as it has been performed live on almost on its entirety, unlike their more progressive works from the past.

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Posted Tuesday, January 29, 2008 | Review Permalink
3 stars Only about half of this album could be considered "prog", but the whole album has a high degree of musicianship. The centrepiece of this album is "One More Night", which is most certainly "prog". The jazz influences, enhanced by their use of brass, are very obvious. They had also been listening to some of the other 70s jazz/rock/funk crossover bands, and the influences are easily heard. Alquin were a great live band (particularly in their early days), and I was privileged to see them live several times.

It's a good album, played by great musicians, but is obviously from a band in transition to other genres.

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Posted Thursday, June 4, 2009 | Review Permalink

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