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Novalis - Vielleicht Bist Du Ein Clown ? CD (album) cover




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3.37 | 64 ratings

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2 stars The worse could be expected with this album, but when ''Der Geigenspieler'' is over, one has to admit that this song holds lots f the splendour that made this band so impressive with their first three albums.

The melody is fine and even the German lyrics are not so difficult to bear for this time. It is a tranquil and poetic ballad which is highlighted by a strong organ play combined with a bombastic finale full of crying guitar. A very good opener actually clocking at over eight minutes.

Although not essential, the instrumental ''Zingaresca'' remains in the good territory even if the track offers little variety. Some more enthusiasm could have been revealed but nothing wrong so far. Very much ''Camel'' oriented music is always fine to listen to.

Things get worse with the weak ''Manchmal Fällt Der Regen''. The same popish orientation that could already be felt in their previous release is hitting the fan. The chorus is hardly bearable. Some German pop-rock. Is this really needed? Huuuumm.

It is true to say that the title track (maybe you are a clown) is not a great song. On the rocking edge (which is not quite the style form the house), it features too many sung part to be attractive. Some fine (but too short) fluting is the only light from the tunnel. The shouting vocals are not an asset either but the closing guitar part is sumptuous.

While ''City Nord'' is another good instrumental track (but again, the band is not reaching their so emotional style of their debut), the peaceful closing number is thumbing again under the vocals.

I would have rated this album with three stars if it would have been sung in English. As such, two stars.

ZowieZiggy | 2/5 |


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