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MIMI'S MAGIC MOMENT

Salem Hill

 

Neo-Prog

3.78 | 82 ratings

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sinslice
4 stars "Now I know that Im free, safe in step towards the future me" The Future Me

This is the only album of band led by Carl Graves I enjoy entirely. Intentionally, this is the most symphonic in the American group repertoire. Each of the songs is a gem to discover and enjoy, filled with passages plethoric of melodies and clever arrangements. Keyboards stand this time, with a strong role. Very well supported by the rest of instruments and guest musicians. Violin on tracks 1 and 3 by David Ragsdale (Kansas), like in excellent "To the Hill" from superlative 'The Robbery of Murder', flute in the shortest but great "All Fall Down". Allysa Hendrix and his female vocal touch, and what about the vocal duet on "The Joy Gem" between Patrick Henry and Neal Morse, or Fred Schendel (Glass Hammer) piano contribution on "The Future Me".

This is a work of songs with intriguing introductions, long interludes and catchy choruses with spiritual images, no dogmatic. Only "Sweet Hope Suite" from 2002 'Not Everybody's Gold', compares to this bold proposal of Salem Hill, which here are far removed from the alternative sound, heavier, and less progressive than previous or subsequent works.

Undoubtedly, his best contribution to progressive rock so far, IMHO. No less than 4 stars, I enjoy every minute without waste.

sinslice | 4/5 |

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