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4.03 | 184 ratings

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3 stars Contrary to what has been said previously I consider that there's nothing seriously psychedelic or spaced out in this album. Pulsar plays an intense, bizarre and complex symphonic rock, featuring luminous epics. I consider it as a hybrid between Genesis most ambitious works with King Crimson's typical weird guitars & harmonies. Some emotional flute/synth parts are exposed as interludes but not to create magnetic, hypnotic vibes, it brings something very melodic, inspired by dark romanticism or something like that. Part 1 starts with a very ethereal prelude featuring acoustic guitar arpeggios and introspective synth strings. After five minutes we fall into a progressive hard rocking "trip" punctuated by melodic, calm, acoustic atmospheric passages. During the last minutes, we assist to a very emotional, melodic song with Genesis like expressive vocals. "Part two" begins with a sinister epic instrumental then it carries on a delicious romantic song with acoustic ingredients, plaintive melodic voices. After 5 minutes there's a transition into an inspired, technical, emotional, majestic guitar solo. The song also contains some very commercial moments that are hard to ignore. A very accessible, pleasantly progressive melodic album. This one remains an honest french answer to classic prog rockin' combos.
philippe | 3/5 |


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