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3.93 | 8 ratings | 2 reviews | 0% 5 stars

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Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Mirror Theater (6:32)
2. The Dead Children in the Newspapers (5:19)
3. Mula-Shabel War (5:33)
4. Puzzle (4:16)
5. Dance of Seduction (3:38)
6. The Flood (4:51)
7. Assassination (4:27)
8. The Cat from Paris (4:49)
9. The Glass Cutter (4:32)
10. Seeds on the Ground (4:23)
11. Holding the Flower of Despair (4:37)
12. Waiting for the Farewell (7:41)

Total Time 60:38

Line-up / Musicians

- Lin Di / vocals, keyboards, pipa, ruan
- Su Yong / bass, vocals
- Zhou Shengan / cello, vocals
- Li Jia / drums, vocals
- Song Jian Feng / guitars, vocals

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Review by Windhawk
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4 stars This third album by Chinese band Cold Fairyland contains a few surprises; with tunes from the past, present and the future.

There's a mix of tunes here with great variety in style and manner. Haunting, atmospheric and at times gritty tunes in a distinct neo-progressive vein is the first of two dominating kinds of tunes here, with the only elements revealing their origin being the Chinese vocals. More folk inspired compositions, with ruan and pipa included in the instrumentation, makes up for the other style having a dominating place on this CD. A few numbers mixing these styles can be found as well, and there's also songs with funk and jazz influences in here. Rather eclectic in other words.

Cello and synths are both given prominent roles in these tunes, especially the cello - as this instrument is used throughout the album. The synths aren't everpresent; but when used they paint emotional, often majestic sonic tapestries. The drum sound is big, the bass probably sounds more dominant than it's supposed to in this live recording, and the guitar is used in acoustic, clean electric and distorted electric style - depending on style.

Good songs with good drive in these live recordings - the recording quality is so and so though, not extremely raw but fuzzy and indistinct in places. Which is probably the only negative aspect of this one.

Review by kev rowland
4 stars A conversation one day with Olav Bj'rnsen somehow led onto a discussion about progressive rock music from China. This is an area I know virtually nothing about, as while I used to be sent material from Japan, China is a country where I have had no musical connections whatsoever. I have decided to correct that and am now playing a live album from one of that country's top progressive bands, Cold Fairyland. It was initially formed as a project between Lin Di (vocals, keyboards, pipa, ruan) and Su Yong (bass, vocals), but they soon expanded and by the time of this release they also included Zhou Shengan (cello, vocals), Li Jia (drums, vocals) and Song Jian Feng (guitars, vocals). Later in their career they were joined by a keyboard player, and interestingly the six-person band have recently been made up of three married couples.

This album was recorded live in Shanghai at the ARK Music Club in 2005, and in many ways is the perfect introduction to the band as the songs included are taken from all of their studio releases, as well as including material from Lin Di's solo albums which were available at the time. Musically, the album is almost broken in two, as there are songs which are powerful and very much in keeping with the neo-progressive symphonic sound with crunching guitars and driving drums, and then there are others which feel more traditional and folky in style. Piano and cello are also very important elements of the overall musical sound, and when they bring in the pipa and ruan (traditional Chinese 4-string plucked instruments) they totally change the overall sound.

All vocals are in Chinese, and Lin Di has a powerful and melodic voice which is totally in keeping with the music being played, and one cannot help but be enthralled and entranced by what is being performed. I am not sure if this was all recorded at the same gig, as the sound does seem to change somewhat between songs, and there are some rather weird cuts with clapping being cut off, or even not appearing at all. In many ways it feels more like a band in a studio playing live as opposed to a concert setting, and that is somewhat of a shame. That being put to one side I have to say I have thoroughly enjoyed this introduction into a different form of progressive rock, and progheads ought to seek this out (all albums are now available through Bandcamp).

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