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1.92 | 12 ratings | 3 reviews | 8% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2001

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. We Can Not (4:29)
2. Silly Love Song (4:35)
3. Giving Up (3:46)
4. Cameroon (4:21)
5. The Big Room (7:30)
6. If Love (4:04)
7. Little Things (3:56)
8. Higher Level (4:02)
9. Don't Hurt Me (5:13)
10. The One (4:33)

Total Time 46:29

Line-up / Musicians

- Hans van Lint / vocals
- Edwin Roes / guitars
- Peter de Jong / keyboards
- René Bacchus / bass, backing vocals
- Edwin Wernke / drums

- Julian Driessen / keyboards (1)

Note : The actual instrumentation could not be fully confirmed at this moment

Releases information

Artwork: Bert van Dijk

CD Red Sea Records ‎- RED3007 (2001, Netherlands)

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FOR ABSENT FRIENDS The Big Room ratings distribution

(12 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(8%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(58%)
Good, but non-essential (0%)
Collectors/fans only (17%)
Poor. Only for completionists (17%)

FOR ABSENT FRIENDS The Big Room reviews

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Review by Prog-jester
1 stars No offence please - I liked the musicians' level and masterity, but this is NOT Prog CD and it's misplaced here.

Don't know for other albums of that band but I ain't sure I'll ever want to. Here we have usual stright-forward pop-rock, very average and even not catchy (a major flaw!). They don't play complex timing (except for one 9/8 in q onr song - they just play 4/4 and make a pause) or big epics (the longest song here is 7 min long and features some tempo changing...that's it). I've always been a fan of poppish Neo a-la Menel's IQ or early PENDRAGON, but this is too much! One can't tell FOR ABSENT FRIENDS from BON JOVI-like band!

Don't be fooled by the name. Not recommended even for die-hard Neo-proggers. To be honest, not recommended even for Non-prog lovers.

Review by ZowieZiggy
1 stars I discovered this band some four years ago and when I decided to review their work, my memory vaguely reminded me that their music sounded melodic and easy listening.

But my memory didn't serve me well I'm afraid.

This work is pretty boring. Only one song is worth your attention. The title track, which is the longest song here, features some very good theme changes, a more complex texture than usual and a great guitar solo at the end of the song. A highlight (a rare bird on this album).

Apart from this one, nothing else than uninspired music. Indeed popish but with a complete absence of a single catchy melody ("Silly Love Song", "If Love".). The latter being really painful. Poor of me!

Some heavier sounds than before as well during the AOR-ish "Giving Up". But the general feeling while listening to the naive rock ballad "Little Things" is dulness. Just to mention another positive comment, I admit that the guitar sounds nice during this song.

What comes next is not brilliant. "Higher Level", is not properly titled IMO. "Lower Level" should have been more appropriate. And since the band gently ask "Don't Hurt Me", I won't do it but I can tell you that this funky tune is one of their worse ever.

The good point about "The One" is that it is the closing number and that I have been through the whole of this album with little damages (since it is not a long one.).

One star.

Latest members reviews

4 stars This CD sounds not as Progresive as their CD 'Tintinnabulation'. The songs are more straightforward, but very well crafted nonetheless. Simply slide an AOR-skin on top of a Crowded House song, and you get an idea of what your typical FAF-song (on this album at least) sounds like. This is something f ... (read more)

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