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3.85 | 75 ratings

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This acclaimed Dutch four piece formation is rooted in 2005, between 2006 and 2007 they have released five studio- albums, their latest effort is The World Is Flat And Other Alternative Facts from 2017 (and considered as their best one). In that year Silhouette also recorded a live CD. This review is about their second effort entitled Moods, after touring with other Dutch progrock band Knight Area their keyboard player Gerben Klazinga did the mixing and mastering.

Silhouette have worked a while on this second album (from 2009), after their debut CD A-Maze from 2006. That effort has paid off with a wonderful sound and 12 tastefully arranged compositions, alternating between 24-carat symphonic rock (Genesis) and neo-prog (IQ and early Marillion). Keyboard player Erik Laan has an important role with his vintage keyboard sound, he colours the tracks very beautifully, from violin- and choir Mellotron eruptions to fluent Minimoog flights and lush Hammond organ waves.

In general I enjoyed listening to this album because of the pleasant shifting moods (from dreamy with twanging acoustic guitar to bombastic with majestic choir-Melltoron), the use of acoustic guitar (the distinctive Ovation) in some songs, the strong work on keyboards and guitar and the fine build-ups and grand finales in the longer compositions. Silhouette often reminds me of other Dutch progrock bands Mangrove and Knight Area, this is also very pleasant music that will please the symphomaniacs and neo-progheads.

My rating: 3,5 star.

TenYearsAfter | 3/5 |


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