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3.23 | 12 ratings | 1 reviews | 17% 5 stars

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Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, released in 1990

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Nerd Illusion (5:07)
2. Snow (6:06)
3. The Stone (8:33)

Total Time 19:46

Line-up / Musicians

- Edwin Roes / guitar
- René Bacchus / bass, vocals
- Edwin Wernke / drums
- Alex Toonen / vocals
- Peter de Jong / keyboards

Releases information

CD M900701CD

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FOR ABSENT FRIENDS Illusions ratings distribution

(12 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(17%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(33%)
Good, but non-essential (42%)
Collectors/fans only (8%)
Poor. Only for completionists (0%)

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Review by Tarcisio Moura
3 stars Honestly, I´m still trying to find out why this dutch band is on the neo prog categorization. For Absent Friends is not really even a progressive group: their name (bearing one of Genesis early songs) is quite misleading. FAF plays a very sophisticated pop rock. It has some strong prog influences, especially on the keyboards arrangements, very good. But clearly this is not a neo prog band. So if you´re looking for something like Marillion, Pendragon, IQ or Pallas, forget it. They are nothing like that. Prog Related would be a more fitting label, I guess.

If you´re looking for melodic rock, well played, arranged and with strong songwriting, then you may find something very interesting. Those 3 songs on this EP are very good and highly enjoyable. Production could be a little better, but does not spoil the overall sound. If this was a straight rock or AOR site this wold be a 4 star rating at least. For PA, 3 stars.

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