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Pale Acute Moon


Symphonic Prog

2.93 | 25 ratings

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3 stars This only release of Japanese band PALE ACUTE MOON "Newtopia" shows some similarity with another Japanese Symphonic Prog "icons" from the 80's, such as GERARD, OUTER LIMMITS... . and of course comparable with TERU'S SYMPHONY ( due to keyboardist Motoi Semba), as for instance the keyboards in a orchestral simulation, the use of female vocals and guitar/keyboards duets and children's choir (like in track 2 - "Chapter 1 - Newtopia"), But, in a overall analysis their sound "suffer" a certain lack of creativity. In fact, if you due atention for some keyboards arrangements (like in the track 7 "Chapter 5 - Impression") you easily recognize a strong Rick Wakeman's influences - the mentioned track presents a clearly reference a some Wakeman's themes ( in first to "No Earthly Conection", in second to "The Six Wives of Henry VII, and finally "Raphsodies") . Although I can detach some tracks, as for instance the track 2, "Chapter 1 Newtopia", track 4 "Chapter 3 - Time trip" and the track 8, "Chapter 6 - Daybreak", I think which this album isn't a great work and the bonus tracks in Musea edition seems to me a simple "stuffing". My rate is 3 stars !
maryes | 3/5 |


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