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Leap Day



4.00 | 109 ratings

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4 stars A good and promising debut effort from this newly formed Dutch band.

Sporting members from several more or less well known bands, this recent addition to the Dutch prog scene are seasoned musicians with lots of experience, which is easily detectable in the compositions. Smooth, melodic constructions, they flow with ease from passage to passage and theme to theme. They might lack a bit of nerve and tension at times though, some of the songs become perhaps too gentle and slick.

In terms of musical style we're treated to neo-prog of the vintage variety here, with nods in the directions of Camel and Genesis as far as possible influences go, carefully spiced with AOR leanings in a manner that made me think of Ambrosia's efforts in just that department. Lush sonic tapestries with multiple keyboard layers and melodic, gentle guitar soloing will be found aplenty on this album, and the lead vocals calm and soothing with a few subtle dramatic flairs on select occasions. Melody and harmony are keywords for this production though, and if that sounds enticing you'll most probably enjoy this effort.

Windhawk | 4/5 |


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