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FLUID DRUID

Druid

 

Symphonic Prog

3.07 | 90 ratings

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ZowieZiggy
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2 stars Nothing has really changed under the "Druid" sun. But how could it ?

Since their unique source of inspiration is "Yes", and that the originality of the band was not its best asset, they could only repeat their debut album. I was even disappointed with the opening number which only starts in the second half. "Razor Truth" is really boring in its initial phase. Really wonder what the band wanted to achieve there. Fortunately, the closing section is as good as it could be : fully symphonic and aerial music backed up with pleasant Anderson vocals.

Strangely enough, the lead singer, Dane is trying to sing with the same demonstrative vocals as Peter Gabriel during "Cruisade", but with Anderson's voice. Rather a bizarre and totally inappropriate mix. I really don't like this. The ridiculous chorus won't do any good to raise the quality of this song, I'm afraid.

The band is even trying to play a pure "Druid" song for a while! "Nothing But Morning" is probably one of their most original work. Pleasant melody, bombastic all the way through, powerful bass play (reminds me of someone...). My fave so far. Don' t worry, there will be some Howe-ish guitar break as well. As if "Druid" couldn't really write a full song of their own style... "Barnaby" on the contrary is the weakest of all their numbers. A mix of reggae and jazz with awful vocals. What the heck ??? I know that reaggae started to be popular in Europe in those days but this is really out of purpose and poor.

There will also be some short songs that are not really useful like "FM 145", "Kestrel" and the closing "The Fisherman's Friend" which ends after forty-four seconds. Rather bizarre to close an album. As you can read, there is nothing to be over-enthusiastic about this album.

The second good track of this album is "Left To Find". A long and pleasant instrumental intro featuring some beautiful keys and guitar : full of subtlelty, sweetness and harmony. Considering the average quality of this album, it stands out. This melodic intro will leads to a soft vocal part. A bit jazz, but still symphonic. By far the best song of this "Fluid Druid". If only more of this could have been proposed!

Both "Druid" albums have been released in a double CD format. You can get it for less than eleven ? (excluding shipment). So, why not ? But only if you have been through to the "Yes" repertoire so extensively that you are willing to get a bit more of their type of music. But remember, this is "Druid". And it is very much more limited than any one of the great "Yes" albums.

ZowieZiggy | 2/5 |

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