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Like Wendy



3.64 | 45 ratings

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3 stars Same team for this second album : the multi-instrumentalist Bert Heinen (the head and soul of "Like Wendy") and his mate Marien.

Very melodic songs are featured on this album like "Colours Of The Summer" ("BJH" during the vocals but spacey and Floydian instrumental parts), "Spaces Of The Deep" is fully neo : Banks-like synthesizers while they were four, with a heavier-slow pace. Still, it is combined with true ambient passages. A varied and good song, I have to say.

Unlike some other reviewers, I do notice some changes between this album and "The Storm Inside". The music is still pleasant, not too complex. But where "Barclay James Harvest" was the major source of inspiration of their first effort, the mood of this one is more "Floyd" oriented IMO.

Several intros or instrumental parts can even be related to "Lands End" and their "ocean-prog" music (like in the opening "Hymn" or obviously "Underwater Voyager"). The later being my favourite thanks to a fabulous guitar solo which ends this song. Gilmour seems to be a guest star here (but he's not of course).

This mix is particularly relaxing to listen to; even if some might feel like it is lacking some rhythm and sounds too much of the same but "Rainchild" is a tranquil journey into the abysses. Maybe that the very short transitional tracks (two) are not really necessary and I am not too enthusiast about "Skybound" either. But that's only a total of five minutes or so.

Some "Apocalpyse"-like keyboards (from who you know) during "Four Years" which is a bit heavier as well. But, as usual the pleasant vocal harmonies are "smoothing" this aspect.

The second part of this album is not as strong as the first one. This prevents me to rate it with four stars even if the closing song is extremely melodic and emotional.

Three stars. A good album.

ZowieZiggy | 3/5 |


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