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Earth And Fire


Symphonic Prog

4.08 | 185 ratings

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3 stars Another hard time for me. I discovered this band back at my 16's, and being that it was on the Greg Walker's greates prog albums lists, I didn't hesitate on giving it a try. But what a disappointment I had! First (but maybe least) cover art is awfuk while inner art os gorgeus. Maybe that was the intention ("watching through the broken seal, saw the tree of life"). The other thing I really can't stand is Jerney Kaagman. Many people love her voice, but for me it sounds boring, dry, dull, like she didn't want to be there. Also the mellotron is at times excesive for me (it is not one of my fave keys really). Also, and please let's face it, none of the musicians here neither are really good musicians nor good composers. And so let me tell you that the first time I listen to this record it was in a 9-hour flight, but combined with the vocals, the instrumentation and of course the cover art, I couldn't help to fall asleep. And so I begin: Carnival of the Animals opens the record. I really don't like this one, especially the part when Kaagman tries to sing high notes (gawd my ears!). Ebbtide wins some points because of the flute, this one is a nice tune. Storm And Thunder is not a great song, once again vocals are bad, this once would have been a good instrumental maybe. In the Mountain IS instrumental, and is the other song I kinda like from side A, features good guitars (finally!). Side B is a mixed bag. It is a side long suite that preceds CTTE and Supper's Ready for instance. There are parts where I think Kaagman vocals fit perfectly (wow) but there isn't really nothing new here, just a longer reprise of side A. This is one of those albums that I know I should like, but I'm unable to like. It just lacks spirit, it lacks energy, smoething. I know this album is good, but I just don't feel it, don't appreciate it. But well, let's not blame the Netherlands, remember Focus, Finch and Supersister.
MyDarling95 | 3/5 |


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