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erik neuteboom
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5 stars I'm familiar with the other albums by this fine French progrock band but "Halloween" is without any doubt their 'magnum opus', what a compelling musical experience!

1 - Halloween Part One (20.30)

A high-pitched boy's voice introduces the listener to this stunning composition. Then moving violin-Mellotron waves, followed by twanging acoustic guitars, blended with the vintage sound of the string-ensemble and Mellotron. Suddenly a captivating, ominous climate featuring slow, fat sounding synthesizer flights, violin-Mellotron, culminating in bombastic outbursts with powerful drum beats, gradually the atmosphere got more psychedelic overtones delivering a hypnotizing rhythm-section and compelling keyboard work on synthesizers and Mellotron and psychedelic guitar play, THIS IS PULSAR AT THEIR BEST! The climate turns into mellow with the distinctive sound of the vibraphone and twanging acoustic guitars and sensitive piano but soon the climates frequently change from mellow into bombastic with dramatic English vocals, lush acoustic guitars and a harder- edged, disorted electric guitar solo. In the end we can enjoy again dramatic vocals and the wonderful sound of the string-ensemble.

2 - Halloween Part Two (18.40)

First a mellow atmosphere featuring a lush sound with violin, vibraphone, cello, acoustic rhythm-guitar, clarinet and melancholical vocals. Then a bombastic outburst with howling electric guitar and beautiful Mellotron waves. The climate returns to mellow delivering a wonderful harmony between twanging acoustic guitars, flute, sensitive electric guitar and English vocals, it reminds me of early STEVE HACKETT solo, BEAUTIFUL! Halfway another sensational, very compelling shifting mood with a propulsive rhythm-section, spectacular synthesizer flights and soft wah-wah guitar riffs, GOOSE BUMPS! Suddenly the music returns to a dreamy climate with violin-Mellotron, string-ensemble and soft vocals, a wonderful final part.


erik neuteboom | 5/5 |


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