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2.81 | 55 ratings | 5 reviews | 9% 5 stars

Good, but non-essential

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Studio Album, released in 1994

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Breaking Mirrors (8:58)
2. I Miss You More (4:07)
3. Seagulls (7:49)
4. The Girl And The Moonman (17:13) :
- a) Prologue
- b) Dialogue - The Oldman
- c) Moonman And The Girl Dance Under The Moon
- d) Close Hands
- e) Moonman Alone
- f) Why?
- g) A Summer Night
- h) Forever

Total Time: 38:07

Line-up / Musicians

- David Cremoni / electric & acoustic (6- & 12-string) guitars, arrangements & mixing
- Cristiano Roversi / keyboards, bass, arrangements & mixing
- Adolfo Bonati / drums, percussion

- Simone Baldini / lead vocals
- Cristian Melli / flute
- Giorgio Signoretti / jazz guitar solo (4-e)

Releases information

Artwork: Leonardo Montorio

CD Mellow Records ‎- MMP 244 (1994, Italy)

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MOONGARDEN Moonsadness ratings distribution

(55 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(9%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(20%)
Good, but non-essential (56%)
Collectors/fans only (11%)
Poor. Only for completionists (4%)

MOONGARDEN Moonsadness reviews

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Review by Prog-jester
3 stars A GENESIS-fans Must-Have as I been told. Poorly recorded and produced, it has some highlights like "Seagulls" ballad and some moments in epic and opening track (while "I miss you more" - usual hard-rock track for radio, I guess). Lush Mellotrons, organs, Hackettesque guitars know it all as good as me ;-) . Not bad at all, but it lacks something . Maybe, the main flaw is vocalist's voice - hardly bearable! Anyway, recommended for die-hard GENESIS/MARILLION/etc fans and Neo Prog collectors
Review by kenethlevine
3 stars This debut is actually the zenith for Moongarden, and the only album where they could actually be considered symphonic or compared to their original inspiration, Camel. I cannot give it a higher rating because it is barely longer than an EP, and the lengthiest track is not very cohesive.

The two highlights are both top-notch, the energetic and optimistic "Breaking Mirrors", and the sublime ballad "Seagulls". The latter in particular is a genre buster for its gentle teary vocal almost spoken at times, with spare but lovely instrumental backing, and its lengthy minimalist guitar solo which follows the main vocal section. This track hinted at the hitherto unfulfilled potential of Moongarden.

Subsequent albums, unfortunately, steered toward the spaced out and/or plodding approach of bands on the fringes of prog, those who understand the technique but prefer to check their real emotions at the door of the studio. So Moongarden now exists more in the realm of the Porcupine Trees, Radioheads, and RPWLs of this world, with a few laudatory nods to David Sylvian, but not much else of note. Pity. If you are going to explore Moongarden, do start here.

Review by ZowieZiggy
2 stars This band was originally catalogued in the neo-prog genre to where it fully belongs (the bio still mentions this filiation).

Lyrics are in English and the music is at times reminiscent of the seventies ("Genesis").

The opening number starts promisingly but as soon as their lead vocalist, enters the scene one is plunged into the deepest depression. What the heck is this ? Awful, really! The best way to ruin this fully neo-prog (but good) song. For a few seconds, the fabulous riff of "Heart Of Sunrise" can be distinguished.

If you ever fancy some AOR-ish sounds (which is NOT my case), have a listen to "I Miss You More". It is a particularly difficult exercise. But fortunately it is the shortest song of this album. You can easily press next to escape from these terrible vocals.

It is true to say that "Moongarden" adds some nice symphonic moments to their neo-prog offering like the wonderful guitar solo during Seagulls which is by far the most emotional song from this debut album. The highlight here. But the one and only.

Lots of hope before listening to the epic song of "Moonsadness". But the long "The Girl & The Moonman" is noisy for about twelve minutes. Fully Crimson-oriented. The only bearable moments are the pleasant and melodic part after a blank of a few seconds. But the vocals still remain a problem. Not fitting the style of music played here. More appropriate to a Broadway musical than on a prog release.

Two stars for this non Italian symph album.

Review by Mellotron Storm
2 stars It's interesting to hear where it all started for Italy's own MOONGARDEN. "Moonsadness" their debut is quite different from "The Gates Of Omega" their double album, and far from the sounds of the amazing "Round Midnight" record. I enjoy parts of this album quite a bit, enough to give it 3 stars if it weren't for the vocals. The guest English vocals are the worst I have ever heard, it's hard not to smile when thinking of them. Anyway they ruin this album for me.

"Breaking Mirrors" is a song that changes gears a lot. Instrumentally it's very well done. I like the heaviness before 2 minutes and the emotional guitar late. The vocals would break mirrors. "I Miss You More" has a good heavy sound to it until it settles with vocals. Yikes ! I like the guitar after 3 1/2 minutes to end it.

"Seagulls" is a good song. More emotional guitar here. "The Girl And The Moonman" is the over 17 minute track to end it. It kicks in before 2 minutes followed by vocals as it settles. I like the organ 6 1/2 minutes in. Flute after 9 1/2 minutes. It's heavier with mellotron after 11 minutes. Guitar follows. It's laid back the rest of the way.

This album as others have mentioned is in the Symphonic vein unlike the next two which I would call Neo-Prog. Again the vocals do a lot of damage to the sound here.

Latest members reviews

3 stars Conspicuous are the weaknesses of 'Moonsadness',. Several previous reviews note the vocal affectations of the singer which are often truly comical. His entry into a track is usually reminiscent of a friendly cow mooing for its morning corn and his delivery of the words is so tortuous as to m ... (read more)

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