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MOONSADNESS

Moongarden

 

Symphonic Prog

2.79 | 50 ratings

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ZowieZiggy
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2 stars This band was originally catalogued in the neo-prog genre to where it fully belongs (the bio still mentions this filiation).

Lyrics are in English and the music is at times reminiscent of the seventies ("Genesis").

The opening number starts promisingly but as soon as their lead vocalist, enters the scene one is plunged into the deepest depression. What the heck is this ? Awful, really! The best way to ruin this fully neo-prog (but good) song. For a few seconds, the fabulous riff of "Heart Of Sunrise" can be distinguished.

If you ever fancy some AOR-ish sounds (which is NOT my case), have a listen to "I Miss You More". It is a particularly difficult exercise. But fortunately it is the shortest song of this album. You can easily press next to escape from these terrible vocals.

It is true to say that "Moongarden" adds some nice symphonic moments to their neo-prog offering like the wonderful guitar solo during Seagulls which is by far the most emotional song from this debut album. The highlight here. But the one and only.

Lots of hope before listening to the epic song of "Moonsadness". But the long "The Girl & The Moonman" is noisy for about twelve minutes. Fully Crimson-oriented. The only bearable moments are the pleasant and melodic part after a blank of a few seconds. But the vocals still remain a problem. Not fitting the style of music played here. More appropriate to a Broadway musical than on a prog release.

Two stars for this non Italian symph album.

ZowieZiggy | 2/5 |

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