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Symphonic Prog

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4 stars With their 2008 release Songs from the Lighthouse, Italian band Moongarden have created a highly appealing album.

Symphonic rock is the name of the game on this one; most compositions dominated to a greater or lesser extent by layered keyboards and synths, creating dreamlike atmospheres easy to sink into and soothing for the mind. Some nice guitarwork adds a lot to the tunes, the acoustic guitar being chosen just as often as the electric guitar; the last which is used to good effect to create haunting and epic atmospheres in chosen parts in selected tunes. What ties many of the songs together are the vocals though, in tunes like My Darkside and Dreamlord the slightly gritty but also fragile-sounding and melodic vocals very similar to Seal adds a lot to the tune, often covering over weaknesses in composition.

The main fault on this release in my opinion can be summed up in one word: Repetition. Some of the songs are just a too long, with segments repeated way to often. Still, there are no real weak tracks on this release either, and fans of symphonic rock and neo-prog may both find this release to be of interest.

Windhawk | 4/5 |


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