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3.19 | 16 ratings | 3 reviews | 12% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2008

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. The Wish [Part I] 2.53
2. The Clock 6.42
3. Just For A While 8.24
4. Broken Wings 5.09
5. Axis Of Men 7.34
6. Once In Time 3.22
7. Song For Them 21.21
8. The Wish [Part II] 3.34

Total time: 58.35

Line-up / Musicians

Daniel Gauthier - vocals, all instruments

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DANIEL GAUTHIER The Wish ratings distribution

(16 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(12%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(50%)
Good, but non-essential (38%)
Collectors/fans only (0%)
Poor. Only for completionists (0%)

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Review by kenethlevine
3 stars While there has never been any doubt as to Daniel Gauthier's classic progressive influences and favourites, on "Above the Storm" he established his own viable signature by incorporating them into a style that blurred the lines between symphonic and space rock. As a musician without a backing band, he deftly avoided adding too much multi tracking by adopting a softer more melodic approach than that demonstrated by most of the works of YES and PINK FLOYD, while appropriately flaunting his considerable prowess on the bass. It worked extremely well.

The follow up has been years in the making, yet little has changed in the overall mood and approach, which in itself bodes well. The main differences lie in the more subdued bass work and the lesser appeal of the melodies. As a result, while this isn't STARCASTLE, it sounds far more like a YES wannabe than did "Above the Storm". Tracks like both the bookending title cuts, "The Clock" and "Once in Time" simply pass by without notice, while others like "Just for a While" and the epic "Song for Them" are decent with occasionally inspired themes but promise more than they ultimately deliver, their powerful sections alternating with passages that simply dissipate into the background.

"Axis of Men" is the best cut overall, with some clever vocoder work and contrasts, but even here his vocal passages do not carry as well into the instrumental sections, which seem more unfocused and doodling than they ever did on "Above the Storm".

My expectations were high for Gauthier after all this time, but I confess to being disappointed, my wish unfulfilled. Still if you enjoy the above mentioned artists, as well as ELOY and CLEPSYDRA, you might appreciate this slightly above average release.

Review by b_olariu
3 stars 3.5 really

One of the lesser known canadian multi instrumentalists of last two decades or so is for sure Daniel Gauthier. He released under his name three albums, his latestes from 2008 named The wish is to his best one. Well, dispite some almost negative reviews here and there about The wish, I find this album truly enjoyble from start to finish. The music is neo prog with spacey aproach a ala Pink Floyd, but aswell some symphonic passages apear here and there. All pieces have same level with a plus one Just For A While and the epic Song For Them, inspired arrangements, good ideas and good music overall. Is well to known that Guthier is responsable for all instruments on the album. All in all this album doesn't reach the beauty of other neo prog albums in last decade, but to me is fairly decent towards great in places. 3.5 stars for sure, a very fine art work and comes in digipak format.

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3 stars I know you just don't care knowing that my grand-mother's name was Gauthier precisely and you're right in a way. But what a coincidence! It stops here since Daniel is a Canadian citizen living in Quebec. This is his second record. The first one was interesting. This one is a revelation. Not a ... (read more)

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