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FLUID DRUID

Druid

 

Symphonic Prog

3.07 | 90 ratings

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Tarcisio Moura
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2 stars Fluid Druid, I remember very well this album cover on many record stores in my teen years. It was an easy album to find, but I never heard it until recently. My friends, like everybody else, called them a poor imitation of Yes and a group to be avoided. So I was quite surprised when I played the album and found little of Yes here. In fact, it reminded me more of the Barclay James Harvest, Styx or Moody Blues than Yes. Ok, there are strong influences from that great group (the bass parts are, for sure), but Iīve heard far closer cloning stuff (Starcastle comes to mind, but there are many others).

It seems that Druid tried hard to shield away from Yes with this one and the results are only average. Mostly short songs that are somewhat pop-ish without a strong hook, or symphonic without a consistent songwriting or skill. They just stay between these two lines. Singer Dane tries hard to be original but the results simply do not work. They try too hard to do something original but they come out only with something derivative and bland. Nothing But Morning is a good example: it sounds like a cross between Queen and... guess who? Left to find has a nice flute but is just boring. Crusade uses children choir to try to lift up a rather weak attempt to create an epic. And so on. The songs just never take off.

It is clear that those guys did know how to play their instruments. But their effort to sound different and original didnīt succeed here. No track is moving enough to be memorable. Maybe they could have done a better work if they had time to develop their own sound on the road. But this was not to be. Hence, I found Fluid Druid a rather weak CD that I can recommend only for fans and collectors.

Tarcisio Moura | 2/5 |

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