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THE FINEST OF MIRACLES

Ciccada

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3.94 | 239 ratings | 5 reviews | 25% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2015

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. A Night Ride (6:26)
2. Eternal (8:02)
3. At the Death of Winter (4:04)
4. Around the Fire (9:16)
5. Lemnos (Lover's Dancer) (0:47)
The Finest of Miracles:
6. Birth of the Lights (1:52)
7. Wandering (6:42)
8. Sirens' Call (1:38)
9. As Fall the Leaves (3:09)
10. Song for an Island (4:47)

Total Time: 46:43

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Line-up / Musicians

- Evangelina Kozoni / vocals
- Yorgos Mouhos / acoustic, classical and electric guitar, backing vocals
- Yiannis Iliakis / drums, percussion, marimba
- Nicolas Nikolopoulos / flute, tenor saxophone, Mellotron, synthesizer, recorder, electric and grand piano, organ, glockenspiel

With:
- Yorgos Lambadis / bass (1)
- Johan Brand / bass (2)
- Omiros Komninos / bass (3, 4, 6-10)
- Marianna Vassou / cello (2, 3)
- Panayiotis Sioras / clarinet, bass clarinet (2, 3, 5-10)
- Spyros Kakos / French horn (10)
- Savvas Paraskevas / piano, electric piano (1)
- Panayotis Zafiropoulos / trombone (10)
- Yannis Moraitis / trumpet (2, 5, 10)
- Dionysis Agalianos / trumpet (10)
- Sakis Myronis / tuba
- Lydia Boudouni / violin (1-3, 6-10)
- Jargon / vocals (3)

Releases information

LP Missing Vinyl MV996 (2015 Greece) (limited to 600 copies; 500 black vinyl, 100 green vinyl)
CD Fading Records FAD-018 (2015 Italy)

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CICCADA The Finest Of Miracles ratings distribution


3.94
(239 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(25%)
25%
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(39%)
39%
Good, but non-essential (27%)
27%
Collectors/fans only (6%)
6%
Poor. Only for completionists (3%)
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Review by BrufordFreak
COLLABORATOR Jazz-Rock / Fusion / Canterbury Team
5 stars It's been five years since Greece's Ciccada released their highly acclaimed debut album, A Child in the Mirror on AltrOck Records. Now they are back with an album that displays the maturation process the band has undergone in both recording and compositional technique. The songs of The Finest of Miracles show improved mastery of the band's proclivity for weaving sophisticated instrumental structures using their multiplicity of ancient and traditional folk instruments integrated with modern electrified instruments. They have also refined their symphonic sensibilities, as is displayed in the long-playing masterpieces, "Around the Fire" and the 18-minute long "The Finest of Miracles Suite." They are also much more evenly paced, eliminating the occasional tendency they had previously to over-do or flood passages with too much information.

1. "A Night Ride" (6:26) is an instrumental putting on immediate display the fact of the band's maturation as well as its further commitment to both rock music and symphonic song structures. Also on display is the multi-instrumental virtuosity of leader Nicolas Nikolopoulos who is credited with flute, tenor sax, Mellotron, synthesizers, electric and grand pianos, organ, and glockenspiel. The contributions of guest musician Lydia Boudouni on violin are also quite significant. Nice opener. (8/10) But, we're all waiting for the complete ensemble--and especially the contributions of vocalist extraordinaire, Evangelina Kozoni. The next song does not take long to satisfy.

2. "Eternal" (8:02) starts out sounding very much like A Child in the Mirror's "A Garden of Delights"--though a bit more spacious. By the middle of the song the band has started mixing things up enough and by the end of the sixth minute they have finally broken away from its predecessor: organ, acoustic guitars, flutes, Mellotron and violins. In retrospect, it feels as if it is really Evangelina's vocal melody that keeps bringing me back to "Earthly Delights," not so much the instrumental music. Still, a great song. Great sound. (8/10)

3. "At the Death of Winter" (4:04) starts out with flute, synths, Mellotron and marimba setting things up for Evangelina's storytelling vocal. The song is impressionistic: jazzy, folkie, kind of childlike and pleasant. At times it even treads into GENTLE GIANT territory--especially with the jazzy section beginning in the third and the rondo weave of male vocals accompanying Evangelina which soon follows during the fourth minute. Surprising and beautiful song! (9/10)

4. "Around the Fire" (9:16) is a true symphonic construction with no single section lasting more than 45 seconds and never less than 30. It opens with two wooden flutes playing together for the first 30 seconds. Multiple tracks of acoustic guitars fill the next 30 seconds before an all-out acoustic JETHRO TULL instrumental weave bursts out. This is then joined by organ and Evangelina's vocal. Next there is a brief instrumental of medieval instruments before the music returns to the JTULL theme with electric guitar and flute flashing in and out in an enthusiastic dance. Next Evangelina returns with the organ before the song quiets down to the medieval instrument section this time with Evangelina's voice. It sounds like a 1960s folk songs with its strummed acoustic guitars and background vocal harmonies. Gorgeous! At the five minute mark we get to hear two electric guitar soli before the song devolves into a rapidly strumming acoustic guitar. Then, at 6:30 we get to hear some impassioned JTULL flute and guitar soli, building into a heavier JTULL crescendo before returning tho the 60s folk section with the addition of Mellotron and GENESIS-like guitars to exit. Amazing song! (10/10)

5. "Lemnos (Lover Dancer)" 0:47) is a song in the true medieval folk minstrel tradition. Plus horns! (10/10)

THE FINEST OF MIRACLES SUITE:

6. "Birth of the Lights" (1:52) opens surprisingly heavily, with and odd time signature, before evolving into a softer and lighter "sunshine and unicorns" mood. (9/10)

7. "Wandering" (6:42) opens sounding a lot like very early GENESIS. Sax with background violin and piano are interspersed with the "mischievous" "interruptions" of flute A weave of multiple synths ensues before the song returns to the sax and violin weave, this time interlaced with slightly heavier sections?one of which has some raunchy jazz guitars. The song always comes back to either the sax and violin theme and/or the flutes over acoustic guitars for its grounding. This is very much a soundtrack for a film--like an old silent film soundtrack--one in which five or six very distinct personalities are interacting and/or conversing. (9/10)

8. "Sirens Call" (1:38) starts with simple acoustic guitar arpeggios joined by flute and then double bass and Rhodes piano. Violin and flute trade soli throughout. (9/10)

9. "As Fall the Leaves" (3:09) is a medieval folk ensemble set up for Evangelina to sing in her native Greek. Very RENAISSANCE like. (10/10)

10. "Song for an Island" (4:47) sees the suite step into the electronic era with trumpets and Mike Oldfield-like lead guitar with Evangelina continuing singing in Greek. The music has the feel of an early bluesy JETHRO TULL or GENESIS song. Horns join in at 1:10, adding something special before the song returns to the opening vocal section. In the fourth minute it takes a turn into new territory--a kind of "MacArthur Park" sound and structure. At 4:30 a circus-like element is introduced--which carries us through to the end! (9/10)

Amazing composition pulled off with such skill and maturity! Awesome!

This album has an amazing 1970s feel to it in the way it is composed and performed; such mastery and maturity is rare in this day and age. Always a sucker for medieval and folk traditions, this album has bewitched me--much more than even their debut--to which I also ascribed five stars.

Review by Windhawk
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
4 stars Greek band CICCADA was formed back in 2005, with an initial core line-up consisting of Nicolas Nikolopoulos, Evangelia Kozoni and Giorgos Mouchos, supplemented by the skills of Omiros Komninos, who joined in 2009. With the aid of numerous guest musicians they recorded their debut album "A Child in the Mirror", a production that was picked up by the Italian label Altrock and released by it in 2010. "The Finest of Miracles" is their second studio recording, released through the same label in 2015.

Diversity is something of a central characteristic to be given Ciccada's second album. The foundation of their style is progressive folk rock, but with details and excursions from jazz, traditional folk music and symphonic progressive rock incorporated into the totality, alongside elements that one might describe as *chamber rock to boot (not to be confused with RIO*). A well made album on all levels, and while not as challenging as it may sound from description, the overall production merits that description due to the sheer diversity of the material. As the band cites bands such as Jethro Tull, Gentle Giant and Gryphon as sources of inspiration, those with an affection for those bands appear to be a likely key audience for this CD, and I'd suggest that those with a general affection for bands with a diverse and varied sound, style and expression to give this one a spin as well.

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5 stars I take time to listen to new music. Quite a long time. In fact, excepting the recent releases of old bands (the albums of Ian Anderson, Osanna, Martin Barre ... etc) and small exceptions (The Worm Ouroboros and Steven Wilson), I hardly hear anything from the 90s onwards. Looking to catch up, and ... (read more)

Report this review (#1448640) | Posted by GKR | Monday, August 3, 2015 | Review Permanlink

5 stars A group from a small country with no tradition in progressive music seems to know the way to sound like a classic band. Groups such as the "Afrodites child" is certainly an exception. The musical form of "The finest of miracles" have a prototype that does not depart from the authentic ... (read more)

Report this review (#1392700) | Posted by below zero | Friday, April 3, 2015 | Review Permanlink

4 stars Ciccada is one of the most talented and promising bands in Greece right now. (In my opinion at least). I discovered them a few years ago, when they released their first album 'A Child in the Mirror'. While I was listening to that album I was surprised by their rather unique sound (for the Greek ... (read more)

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