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Sebastian Hardie


Symphonic Prog

3.84 | 138 ratings

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3 stars You canīt argue with the fact that this band produced some really competent progressive music, albeit on the softer side. Now, that is by no means a complaint. Itīs just an aural observation. In fact, the music contained herein is very pleasant in a soothing fashion. It flows and transcends great waves of keyboard oriented prog. Iīm a sucker for a lot of keyboards. My favorite being the hammond but on this you get, among other things, a great moog, such as in the opening "Four moments - Glories shall be released".

To sum up the "voice" of Sebastian Hardie I hear echoes of Camel, the softer side of Genesis and maybe a bit of Supertramp. That is quite a good combo and the result is very good. The "Four moments" suite is very enjoyable with recurring themes and warm ambiance. "Rosanna" is an instrumenal piece of progressive pop. The best piece is the ending "Openings". It opens with a warm hammond, a slightly distorted guitar and mellow drums. A very nice piece of music, that is. I like it when I get the sensation of gliding through space and that is exactly the sensation here. Though it is very reminiscent of Camel it is still a very good piece.

Though competent and highly enjoyable I still cannot rate this album higher than three stars. It lacks something. Maybe it is too reminding of Camel or that the songs are too alike? I cannot really tell but the general sensation after the disc has been spun is simply good but not more than that. Sometimes that is quite enough and I do like the feeling this album gives me. It is very warm and soothing, without too complicated edges. It is just right for late night conversations or when relaxing.

So, a good album made by a competent band. Three stars and hats off for the effort.

GruvanDahlman | 3/5 |


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