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CHESSBOARD

Tempus Fugit

 

Symphonic Prog

3.85 | 85 ratings

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ZowieZiggy
Prog Reviewer
3 stars The story of this band is quite chaotic, but it is fine to hear them back again after such a long hiatus (almost ten years).

It sounds, though, that time hasn't impacted the music that they play. They stick to this mellow and symphonic style which was brilliantly developed in their debut album. But this is maybe a negative point from this recent release: there are hardly differences between Chessboard and its predecessors.

Early Camel lovers will be delighted to listen this gentle music full of keyboards and fine guitar. Crafted melodies, peaceful vocals: a fine combination for a Saturday afternoon.

The album is quite even all the way through. One will be transported in to the early Genesis days while listening to Only To Be With You and one of the finest piece of music is the magnificent second part of The Princess called Tears From The Sky. The supreme beauty of the guitar solo just leaves me speechless: a wonderful prog moment, really.

If each song would be like this, I would have considered this album for the masterpiece status; but it won't reach the level because these moments are only available for some too briefs minutes. They are mainly mixed with some neo-prog or basic symphonic music (Chessboard).

Don't get me wrong: this is a very pleasant album, but highlights aren't that many. A good album that fully deserves three stars.

ZowieZiggy | 3/5 |

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