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erik neuteboom
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4 stars

In my review about Sleeping In Traffic : Part One, I mentioned that Beardfish was scheduled to perform on the first edition of the Dutch Symforce festival in the summer of 2007. Well, I was there and together with my Dutch PA friend Angelo I witnessed that gig, it was awesome, this Swedish four piece band blew us away with their enthousiastic, dynamic, varied and unique progrock. So I was very curious to the successor of Sleeping In Traffic : Part One, simply entitled Sleeping In Traffic : Part Two.

I didn't need much time to get excited about their new album, it even impresses me more than Part One. Beardfish has done their best to deliver varied compositions with lots of musical surprises as you can hear directly in the short first song As The Sun Sets with its electronic atmosphere. Then many alternating and exciting tracks with elements from both Frank Zappa, Gentle Giant and Spock's Beard as the Seventies USA Classic Rock bands. The omnipresent 'churchy' Hammond organ gives a 'Classic Prog touch' and the powerful, often a bit funky bas sound deliver a fat groove to the music, what a delicious melting pot of musical styles. I also like the strong vocals and the fiery guitarplay (with use of the wah- wah pedal). The outstanding 'magnum opus' on this CD is the titletrack (more than 30 minutes): the one moment you hear bluesrock with heavy guitar runs or a mellow part with twanging acoustic guitar and warm vocals, the other moment there is a tango with bandoneon, a compelling interlude with violin- Mellotron or swinging rock with lush Hammond organ. The final part contains a bombastic climate with the unsurpassed Mellotron as an important ingredient.

Beardfish is on the way to become a known band, if you like adventourus and dynamic progrock, don't miss this album!

erik neuteboom | 4/5 |


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