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3 stars Whew, Jean-Pierre Alarcen changed EDEN ROSE into SANDROSE - namely, he changed an organ-psych-based band into an eclectically symphonic one.

Needless to say, SANDROSE were formed by the same members as EDEN ROSE (and a female vocalist was recruited to them). However, their musical style was a bit different from the former one. We can easily imagine that the most important reason is the difference of the frontman of each band. Henri Garella, the founder of EDEN ROSE, had pushed his organo-pop style tinged with jazzy and psychedelic colours aggressively, but here Jean-Pierre should have a well-balanced eclectic sense and therefore produce a really eclectic tower of progressive rock. The good example is the third track Underground Session (Chorea), the longest one of this album. There are various colours - the jazzy mainstream and a heavy rock flavour, and a psychedelic keyboard solo plus oldie & goodie symphonic spice added... A very eclectic stuff like chorea! On the contrary, the fifth track To Take Him Away, the masterpiece of this album in my opinion, is the most suitable one for the definition of Symphonic Progressive Rock. Jean-Pierre's streaming and rumbling guitar solo can have a leadership in this song, with heavy and steady keyboard basis and soft'n'warm but strict rhythm section. Consider that this is one of the masterpieces of all French Progressive Rock songs alright?

Pity that the last two tracks have EDEN ROSY flavour left, composed by Henri, so I feel there is a motley combination of musical styles in this album. That is I wanna say their style on this work cannot have coherence as a well-balanced symphonic one. Not difficult for us to think that they could not have been active for a long while - for conquering the French Progressive Rock scene.

But believe me, this album is terrific. Undoubtedly can let us weep. Listen!

DamoXt7942 | 3/5 |


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