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3 stars Apart from the language, the effect of listening to Sinfonia Della Luna is like that of a kinder gentler 1970s Italian symphonic band, which is not a bad space to be in. Certainly Mugen shows a bit too much Genesis influence especially in the opening suite and "Dance Romantic". But the lovely "Ballo della Luna" seem more inspired by the romantic end of prog in the geographic sense of the word, and showcases Takashi Nakamura's gentle and soothing voice as well as the band's measured approach to its art and its ability to create and build atmospheres. Akira Kato's guitars are used sparingly but add a welcome warmth and oomph early (acoustic) and late(electric) in "Ballo". Even the bonus cut "Leonardo" is pretty. But if you are looking for a rawer attack or even some of the schizophrenia of other Japanese symphonic bands, steer clear. This is one for the quiet moments spent contemplating the moon.
kenethlevine | 3/5 |


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