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3.02 | 16 ratings | 2 reviews | 6% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2006

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Hello World (5:03)
2. Stick Around (4:53)
3. Call It Chance (4:14)
4. Square One (4:36)
5. Wonder (8:37)
6. Berlin Wall (5:30)
7. Us (4:10)
8. Falling Asleep (2:23)
9. Billy (5:49)

Total Time 45:15

Line-up / Musicians

- Hans van Lint / vocals, acoustic guitar
- Edwin Roes / guitars
- Ron Mozer / keyboards
- René Bacchus / bass
- Edwin Wernke / drums

- Christian Décamps / vocals (9)
- Ron Ottenhoff / saxophone (9)

Releases information

Artwork: Bert van Dijk

CD Musea ‎- FGBG 4681.AR (2006, Europe)

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FOR ABSENT FRIENDS / SQ1 Square One ratings distribution

(16 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(6%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(75%)
Good, but non-essential (6%)
Collectors/fans only (6%)
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Review by ZowieZiggy

Not willing to mimic "Bowie" in one of his great songs ("Five Years" of course), but this is exactly the time that separates the last two albums from this Dutch Band.

And when I heard "Hello World" the opening number, I just wondered why they haven't called it quit. So far, they released average (four) to poor (two) albums. At best, the band sounds melodic, but lately this aspect has been dropped for a more AOR-ish sound.

The same sort of adventure awaits you with "Stick Around" unfortunately. The quiet "Call It Chance" is received as a nice present in comparison. A soft rock ballad, finally melodic and featuring an excellent guitar break. Probably one of my favourite song in their whole repertoire (but it is true to say that there aren't many).

Their popish aspect is present in the title track. Somewhat harder and "Muse" oriented in the structure. Not too bad after all. It ends almost as "Wonder" opens. This one is the longest song of "Square One" and its strengths are also its weaknesses.

Actually, its diversity makes it like several songs patched up together without lots of unity. But for once that the band writes some more complex music, let's not discourage them. Another good guitar break at the end of this piece is welcome as well.

It seems that FAF has learned from Mostly Autumn : almost each song is punctuated with a very good guitar solo at the end. It is again the case for "Berlin Wall", and it is its only attraction.

Another attraction is the closing number. It is a cover version of an Ange song featured on their album : Les Larmes Du Dalaï Lama. This version of Le Ballon De Billy is more rock oriented and features partial vocals in English (written by Hans van Lint) and French ones (sung by Christian and hsi son Francis). Even if I prefer the original one, I have to say that it was quite a surprise to listen this one on a FAF album (called simply Billy here).

This album is on par with their first two ones. At times enjoyable but I can't really say that it is a good album. Two stars.

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4 stars After a 5 years iatus, here it is, the new FAF album. Forget the previous ones, this is different. You won't find anything symphonic or new progisch, here. Just an extremely well crafted prog album, where melody and sound research climax to give birth to the ultimate prog album. I'll beginn with ... (read more)

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