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3 stars It's been a while since I dug this one out to play but on doing so I'm reminded that Odyssice are a very capable band with an ear for a strong melody. You won't find anything too taxing here and it's all very easy on the ear. Odyssice are very much in the symphonic prog tradition and I can think of no better reference point than Camel.

Their music, all instrumental and most of the time on the mellow side, is built around the guitar work of Bastiaan Peters who plays very much in the Andy Latimer style with soaring and sustained lead runs. There's still plenty of room though for some tasteful keyboard work courtesy of Jeroen van der Wiel, who while often supplying a sweeping backdrop for Peters guitar comes to the front on occasion, particularly on piano. The rhythm section of Pascal van der Pol (bass) and Menno Boomsma (drums) are not called on to turn in anything too complex but do their job admirably playing just what's required.

If you like your music on the more adventurous side then this Dutch bands pleasant and polite take on things will not be for you. However Camel fans and indeed anyone who cites strong melodies as a high priority will no doubt find much to enjoy here. Perfect listening for a lazy Sunday afternoon.

Nightfly | 3/5 |


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