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The story of how "LIKE WENDY" was formed is quite peculiar, normally bands join because they are friends, or school buddies or simply recruit musicians, but in this case, and according to their own site. In the late 80's, a group of friends who usually joined in an Amersfoort (the Netherlands) Pub to talk about music while taking some drinks shouted one day they wanted to form a band.

It's not strange for a group of friends after some drinks, to start creating bands, but these guys went further, they designed a fancy logo in the beer coasters, and soon went to rehearse, but they discovered that the courage given by alcohol to form a band is not enough to make it work.

After seven years Bert Heinen (one of the pub guys) had gathered enough material to release an album and he started to send some demos to different magazines and after a good response from Background Magazine and his lead to a contract with LabraD'Or records in 1997.

In 1998 with Bert in the Guitars, Keyboard and vocals plus Marien in drums and additional keyboards, "LIKE WENDY" releases "The Storm Inside" with a very melodic approach to MARILLION, PENDRAGON, PALLAS AND IQ. The albums consisting of the demo tracks plus two new songs, was quite simple but pretty effective and received favorable comments of the critics.

The next year, the duet releases "Rainchild" which is an evolved version of the first album, keeping the style intact but with a more professional sound.

With the new century the third album by "LIKE WENDY" sees the light. "Songs from the Moonlit Bay" proves to be different from the first track, "Falcon Suite" is a 21 minutes epic, but it's not only the length, they go a step back and receive the direct influence of "GENESIS", the guitar work is clearly reminiscent of "STEVE HACKETT" and the sound is clearly oriented towards Symphonic rather than Neo Prog.

"Summer in Eden" is released in 2002, but doesn't have the same quality of "Songs from the Moonlit Bay"; the sound is a blending of "Foxtrot" and "PENDRAGON" with very little variations, so it sounds pale in comparison with the previous albums.

"Homeland" (2004) marks a change, the band turns into a one man project because Marien leaves the band, with the only participation of a trumpet player named Jos, in the song "Flood".

The sound changes again, and I'm able to listen a clear "PINK FLOYD" influence, but keeping the original style almost intact, except for some electro...
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3.69 | 38 ratings
The Storm Inside
1998
3.62 | 31 ratings
Rainchild
1999
3.64 | 39 ratings
Tales From Moonlit Bay
2000
2.94 | 21 ratings
Summer in Eden
2002
3.49 | 22 ratings
Homeland
2003
2.95 | 25 ratings
Endgame
2005

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 Summer in Eden  by LIKE WENDY album cover Studio Album, 2002
2.94 | 21 ratings

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Summer in Eden
Like Wendy Neo-Prog

Review by apps79
Special Collaborator Neo Prog Team

3 stars Like Wendy started to become the hottest name in the catalogue of LaBraD'or Records.Although Marien appears to have been removed from any duties, Heinen wrote, played all instruments and recorded the fourth album of the project ''Summer in Eden'' with the help of Mark-Jeroen Heek on additional vocals (same man, who took over the artwork of the album), while LaBraD'or Records' boss Marc Brasse helped on mastering.The album came out in 2002.

Heinen was no stranger to situations like being alone in the studio and recording an album on his own, so ''Summer in Eden'' was yet another nice little treasure of romantic still intense Neo Prog with well-crafted arrangements and excellent instrumental mix.Compared to the previous albums, this is definitely the most retro-sounding release of Like Wendy, the album contains lots of soft organ themes and Mellotron snapshots in the process along with some flute strings, while the PINK FLOYD influence dominates the album, the display of some psychedelic flavors next to the more symphonic material is the best proof.The tracks are quite long, although no extreme epics are included, with some beautiful guitar solos in a DAVID GLMOUR style and efficient melodies and vocals, creating a slightly melancholic and atmospheric background.The next moment mid-70's GENESIS start to become the prominent source of inspiration, more symphonic orchestrations and strong use of synthesizers are always welcome and off to a hot start for grandiose and pompous instrumental textures.The album flows mainly in a low tempo with focus on soft instrumental lines, deep lyrical deliveries and twists between FLOYD-ian atmospheres and MARILLION-esque palettes.Very good partition of instrumental colors, piano, guitar and organ are mostly the leading forces with lovely Mellotron injections and some symphonic synthesizers thrown in.

Not topping the quality of the previous albums, but this is a very nice work of FLOYD-ian Neo Prog, Heinen is definitely a skillful composer, singer and musician, another item in his catalogue sounds like a full-band effort, containing atmospheric music with evident references to the 70's.Warmly recommended...3.5 stars.

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 Summer in Eden  by LIKE WENDY album cover Studio Album, 2002
2.94 | 21 ratings

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Review by psychprog1

4 stars What a find! I was searching for a melodic new prog band and I found exactly what I was looking for -and more. Almost all the tracks of the album are mellow (in a nice way -not overtly melodramatic) and it is also more straightforward and fresh than most new prog albums, which often tend to be irritating, in my humble view. It reminds me of melodic bands from Denmark like Saybiaand I Got you on Tape. It might not be a masterpiece but it is a most pleasant album, surprisingly enough from a band that is (unfairly) almost unknown -although it has released a number of good albums.

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 The Storm Inside  by LIKE WENDY album cover Studio Album, 1998
3.69 | 38 ratings

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Review by mbzr48

5 stars Surprise! Surprise! One of the first things that strike me is the Collage like guitar sound on the first track, while also the use of keyboards and the melody itself also comes close to Collage's "Moonshine" (a 5 star album). The following quiet vocal part however sounds less derivative. The vocals are, although a little accented, quite good and especially the precise use of multiple voices is well-done. The mood of the song then changes quite dramatically with loud ruffles and the style of Arena is evoked. In this rather short song quite a few moods are evoked, but although all of the parts are nice, the parts are maybe a little too unrelated. Still, top notch melodic progressive. The moodiness of the first part of "Another Day" goes into a part that also features the string-like sounds of Marillion's The Space, while the second part contains a vocal melody reminding me a lot of Collage again. "Falling Star" sounds more original and is a very melodious ballad with great singing. After this rather short song, we come to the next 10+ minutes track, "Birth". Again, a very striking vocal melody, this time with some acoustic guitar in the back. Later on this track picks up speed with alternating solo's on the keyboards and guitar. After the strong build up (on guitar) in "Prince X", the title track opens with a cackling typewriter, acoustic guitar and soft keys. After this somber opening, the music becomes more up-tempo and rather Kelly like, while halfway Pendragon peeks around the corner and the music becomes very positive sounding. The song ends majestically. "Never Abandon" reminds me quite a lot of the time that Jens van der Stempel sang with Egdon Heath. This seems a rather ballad-like track with varied vocalization. "The closer", again, passes the 10 minute mark and the title may remind you of Pink Floyd, but to my feeling it's mostly Pendragon here. Barely an original album that owes a lot to progressive bands such as Marillion, IQ, Pendragon and Collage, but to be honest, if the quality of the songs is so high throughout, I don't mind. This applies both to the compositions, melodies as well as playing and singing. As such a recommended album, where you'll hear some familiar echoes, while enjoying the music. For me it's a 4.5 star rounded-up to 5

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 Tales From Moonlit Bay  by LIKE WENDY album cover Studio Album, 2000
3.64 | 39 ratings

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Like Wendy Neo-Prog

Review by sinslice

3 stars Neo prog with hints of space. Abundant prominence of keyboards, and acoustic guitars. Clearly, Heinen is better as a keyboardist who as a guitarist, and his voice and singing style fits well with the music. The production is quite good, much better than the first disc in particular. The songwriting is less than The Storm Inside and Rainchild, which contain memorable melodies and choruses. Something always happens to me with Like Wendy albums, the similarity of the tracks, it becomes monotonous hearing the same completely.

The Falcon Suite is the most important here. An extensive song that begins with a captivating piano melody with well developed, and is running through different musical passages, all delightful and well related. A Kin's Epitaph and Live at Armageddon are the other two songs i enjoy moderately.

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 Tales From Moonlit Bay  by LIKE WENDY album cover Studio Album, 2000
3.64 | 39 ratings

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Review by apps79
Special Collaborator Neo Prog Team

4 stars Bert Heinen seemed unstoppable regarding his rhythm on writing music during the first steps of Like Wendy and in 2000 he returned with the third and most ambitious effort so far, the album ''Tales From Moonlit Bay'', released again on Marc Brasse's LaBraD'or Records.This time his partner Marien contributed also some vocal parts apart for his drumming and keyboard performances.

Heinen decided to give it a shot on arranging a very long 21-min. epic, the ''Falcon Suite'', and the result was way beyong sufficient.This is an absolute Space Rock/Neo Prog masterpiece, with the first part captured by spacey piano interludes, intense lyrical moments, sensitive guitar work and a very deep atmosphere, while the second part is even better, featuring bombastic organ breaks, distorted guitar solos and strong groovy parts, like a cross between MARILLION, CLEPSYDRA and PINK FLOYD.The rest of the album follows more or less the same vein, divided into short, semi-long and long compositions, without though reaching the inspiration of the opening epic.Still this is very solid Neo/Symphonic/Art Prog in the style of FLAMBOROUGH HEAD, GALAHAD and CLEPSYDRA with beautiful vocal parts, long and sensational solos, acoustic hints, heavier moments with spacey synths and even symphonic instrumental textures, full of grandieur.The production remains strong, the mix is clear and satisfying and the moods Heinen can create is definitely a trademark of his music.

If this album had a couple of tracks close to its epic's unique inspiration, we would be talking about a classic of the genre.Still ''Tales From Moonlit Bay'' belongs among the nicest releases of Neo/Symphonic/Art Rock and deserves a great fame.Highly recommended.

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 Tales From Moonlit Bay  by LIKE WENDY album cover Studio Album, 2000
3.64 | 39 ratings

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Review by b_olariu
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3 stars Third album from their catalogue Tales from the moonlit bay issued at same label LaBraD'or records in 2000 is maybe their best record from all albums they offered across the years, but with all that they didn't change much in manner of compposing keeping the same attitude on almost every piece. This album is in same direction as previous works melodic neo prog with nice yet totaly un inventive guitar and keybords parts. The album is saved overall by the mosnster opening track - the epic Falcon Suite, clocking around 21 is by far the best piecs of the album and why not one of the best pieces they ever done. Lots of changes in mood and tempo, with melodic guitar lines, nice keybords interluded and a warm pleasent voice coming from the master of the band Bert Heinen. The king epitaph is another worthy piece from here. The album is ok , good no doubt , it suffers in dynamic passages, at least is how I see it, is to much time mid tempo to slow moments and no really much vein in instruments. 3 stars again, ok, enjoyble but nothing more, I guess these two LIke Wendy albums will stay another 5 or so years on the shelf untill I rememeber that I have it.

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 Rainchild by LIKE WENDY album cover Studio Album, 1999
3.62 | 31 ratings

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Review by b_olariu
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3 stars Like Wendy is one of those neo prog bands that for some reson never made me listning to them again and again like other bands from this genre. I get as present two of their albums 8 years ago , this one , their second Rainchild and the next one Tales from the moonlit bay, listned couple of times and then I putet them on the shelf never touch the CD until quite recently when I want to re memeber the atmosphere they created. Well, the second album of this dutch band from 1999 - named Rainchild issued at small label LaBraD'or records is the kind of neo prog that a really don't dig a lot, not bad overall but to melodramatic for my taste and to much slow moments on every piece, the up tempo and more energic ones are almost totaly missing here. Anyway the band, the two members did a good job here, specially Bert Heinen who is responsable for some good guitar works remind me of Hackett and some ok keybords melted with the rest of the instruments, mainly the keyboards are more intresting then anything, even are not spectacular moments. Some Pendragon meets Genesis meets Hackett meets Collage is what they offer here, a mellow melodic kind of neo prog, as I said not bad for sure but to much same linear arrangements to my ears. The voice is pretty much ok most of the time, nothing really to talk about the tone of Bert Heinen voice, is ok nothing more. Forte pieces for me is Drowned, Colours of the summer and maybe one or two tracks from the ending album. So, Like Wendy is ok, they offer a pleasent neo prog yet quite unintresting for my ears, 3 stars is best I can give.

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 Tales From Moonlit Bay  by LIKE WENDY album cover Studio Album, 2000
3.64 | 39 ratings

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Review by Warthur
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2 stars Like Wendy's third album is a sometimes frustrating mixture of the masterful neo-prog sound which won them the attention of the prog community and the less successful mainstream- leaning material which caused their later albums to be less well received. Now, I've nothing against mixing mainstream alt-rock influenced stuff on a neo-prog album - I gave five stars to Marillion's Brave, after all - but Like Wendy's material in this vein like The Price for Trust simply leaves me cold.

As for their proggier moments, they suffer somewhat from middling production values, but when they're really on fire they're... well, a quite good Genesis-inspired neo-prog group, but there's plenty of those. On the whole, it'd be a much better album if it had received more polish and were it not for the regular flirtations with a musical style the group simply aren't as good at compared with their neo-prog skills.

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 Rainchild by LIKE WENDY album cover Studio Album, 1999
3.62 | 31 ratings

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Like Wendy Neo-Prog

Review by apps79
Special Collaborator Neo Prog Team

4 stars Just a year after the excellent ''The storm inside'',Dutch band LIKE WENDY comes back with a second release entitled ''Rainchild''.Same label,same line-up for this prog duo with founder,multi-instrumentalist and composer Bert Heinen handling all instruments except drums and some keyboards,handled by Marien.

''Rainchild'' marks no improvements or radical changes regarding the band's sound and actually that is a good thing.A full hour of Neo/Symphonic Prog music based on haunting atmospheres,slow spacey moments and a lyrical intensity.Heinen prooves to be an excellent composer,all tracks are of the highest quality with nice organ passages throughout,symphonic keyboars in the vein of COLLAGE and melodic guitar parts,not far from PINK FLOYD or early MARILLION.Vocals are even better than on the first release,more expressive,more dramatic and with Heinen trying to adapt a more personal style of singing.The final impression is more than posItive,especially when thinking that a single person can compose two splendid back-to-back works in such a short time.

For Neo Prog fans,please allow me to call this a masterpiece.But again if you like your prog music full of deep atmospheres and trippy soundscapes with an ultra-strong melodic content,you should simply dig this one out...4 solid stars.

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 Homeland by LIKE WENDY album cover Studio Album, 2003
3.49 | 22 ratings

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Homeland
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Review by Mellotron Storm
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4 stars LIKE WENDY might not get the highest ratings around here but man I love their sound.Very atmospheric and the vocals of Bert Heinen are some of the best i've heard. A good comparison to their sound would be MARILLION's "Somewhere Else" or "Happiness Is The Road". Not exactly fan favourites I know. This would be the first LIKE WENDY album to not have Marien on drums as the band goes from a duo to a solo project.There is some guest trumpet on one track though. Marc Brasse mastered this recording.

"The Crossing Cloud" opens with mellotron as a full sound joins in. Strummed guitar and vocals before 2 1/2 minutes. More mellotron late to end it. A great start. "Back To Earth" is moved along by this mid paced rhythm and we get vocals too. Spoken words and mellotron end it. "Homeland" the title track is also the longest at almost 13 minutes. A full sound a minute in with vocals. It settles back after 2 minutes with mellotron and reserved vocals before picking back up a minute later with synths.Vocals continue to come and go as the song winds it's way along.

"Last Day Of The Butterfly" is my favourite track. I just get lost in this one. It's so moving. Beautiful stuff. "Flood" has a beat with synths standing out then the vocals join in. Guest trumpet 3 minutes in. I like the way the sound echoes at times. Strummed guitar and waves end it. Great tune. "The Days Remaining" has this beat with atmosphere as the vocals join in. It picks up before 1 1/2 minutes as contrasts continue.Tasteful guitar solo before 3 1/2 minutes. "Live Forever" features strummed guitar as vocals and synths help out in this uplifting final track.

Not the best LIKE WENDY album but one I highly recommend for fans of melancholic and atmospheric music.

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