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3.49 | 33 ratings | 2 reviews | 9% 5 stars

Good, but non-essential

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Studio Album, released in 2012

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Nightingale Express (12:40)
2. Wanderer's Log - You (0:51)
3. June Fifth (4:08)
4. Phases (4:53)
5. The Unreachable (4:59)
6. Wanderer's Log - Me (0:58)
7. Thieves Of Time (6:01)
8. Out Of Line (4:35)
9. Come On Home (5:22)
10. Wanderer's Log - Storm (2:36)
11. Secret Isle (5:10)

Total Time: 52:13

Line-up / Musicians

- Niels van Dam / guitar
- Robert van Dam / bass
- Fons Herder / vocals, guitar
- Coen Speelman / drums

guest musicians:
- Sofie Letitre / vocals (9,11)
- Maire Haverkort / vocals (9)
- Hanja Streefkerk / vocals (9)
- Dorieke Berends / vocals (9)
- Ferdy van der Singel / vocals (9)
- Freek von der Heide / vocals (9)

Releases information

CD Glasville Records (2012 The Netherlands)

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A LIQUID LANDSCAPE Nightingale Express ratings distribution

(33 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(9%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(42%)
Good, but non-essential (39%)
Collectors/fans only (6%)
Poor. Only for completionists (3%)

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Review by Rivertree
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4 stars The dutch A LIQUID LANDSCAPE foursome have recorded an excellent debut, to start with. 'Nightingale Express' offers melodic mid-tempo songs and shows real songwriting potential in my opinion. Australian producer Forrester Savell is involved here who also has mixed albums for Karnivool and Helmet. Where the melancholic Wanderer's Log trilogy can be neglected more or less this production holds some really splendid grower on the other hand. Starting with June Fifth for example - featuring cool drums the intro is simply brilliant - the psychedelic guitars, Robert van Dam's groovy bass - wow! I've overlooked this gem for a while - but now I can't get enough of it - even though this is a relatively short example.

Next to notice - they have an excellent singer aboard, Fons Herder's voice sounds like a (please forgive me) Ted Leonard and Ian Kenny hybrid. Eh ... 'Curiosity' ... just take the gripping ballad Phases and you hopefully know what I mean ... Not always quite natural - but this time the title song represents the album's highlight absolutely - a prog masterpiece quasi. While clocking more than ten minutes this sums up their qualities due to complexity, variety, sensitivity.

Catchy art rock in the vein of The Dreaming Tree or fellow countrymen Intention, on the heavier excursions though I would mention references to Enchant, Karnivool and Every Other Fate too. As for that mix ...I wouldn't say that they've found a unique niche from a stylistical point of view ... however the songwriting definitely convinces. I recommend to check this album if you like atmospheric prog rock music.

Review by Conor Fynes
3 stars 'Nightingale Express' - A Liquid Landscape (6/10)

Although much of the Progressive Rock coming out nowadays still has a tender spot for 1970's bombast, the past decade has seen a distinctly modern sound coming from a wider selection of bands. Although this four-way collision of Post-Rock, Alternative Rock, Metal and Psychedelia has not sought to homogenize the Prog Rock scene, greater numbers have been adhering themselves to this style, given the fairly convoluted label of 'Post- Progressive Rock.' Dutch rockers A LIQUID LANDSCAPE are a recent addition to this trend, and already have performed live with some of Post-Prog's finest, including ANATHEMA and KARNIVOOL. Taking the melodic sensibilities of Modern Rock with the ambient ear of Post- Rock, their debut "Nightingale Express" is no doubt a product of its time; not falling back on the 70's legends for something tried-and-true, but failing to progress beyond what has been already mastered in recent years.

A LIQUID LANDSCAPE fall on the 'Rock' side of Post-Rock. Although their music is layered with plenty of guitar ambiance and soothing textures, melody remains a focus. The band themselves describe their sound as "a glimmer of hope . . . somewhere in the twilight between desperation and surrender." Pretentious, maybe, but the description does manage to convey the sense of melancholic emotional energy that drives the music forward. With the higher register vocals of Fons Herder combined with the ambient guitar riffs, A LIQUID LANDSCAPE drew a sharp comparison with COHEED AND CAMBRIA's debut, "The Second Stage Turbine." With regards to songwriting however, "Nightingale Express" fails to have that consistency that made COHEED's freshman attempt so lively.

Introducing themselves with a 12 minute title track, A LIQUID LANDSCAPE plant themselves firmly within modern Prog territory. Especially considering that this is the first earnest output of the band, the production is brilliantly done. The instruments are mixed comfortably, and the ear-candy ambiance is emphasized just enough to make it important, without interfering with the songwriting itself. In regards to their performance and execution, A LIQUID LANDSCAPE excel; the musicianship is bright and the sound is professional. What makes "Nightingale Express" less than impressive as a whole however, is the composition. That is not to say that A LIQUID LANDSCAPE sound uninspired with what they are doing, but - like that ALCEST album that came out earlier this year - the sound relies so much on pleasant, soothing musical ideas that any sense of challenge or effort from the side of the listener is lost. Some may find this a refreshing change of pace from the more abstract approach taken by more adventurous artists, but the end effect is one of anesthesia, rather than brilliance.

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