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3.16 | 12 ratings

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3 stars So in the end PA decided to place this obscure Dutch band in the neo prog subgenre. As the band description quite rightly suggests Differences can be satisfied about this because their music (at least this album) is only borderline (neo) prog. In the early nineties SI Music put one track of this album on one of their samplers and those samplers were indicated as progressive and melodic music ( so not per se prog).

Anyway, I feel the band has some right to be present here. Their music is modest but their tracks are lengthy and complex enough to be called progressive. The modesty is best shown through their vocals which sound really shy. The style is soft and almost dreamy and the contemporary band (also from Holland by the way) they come closest to is Mangrove although it has to be said Mangrove is much more impressive in both sound as compositions.

In the end it's pretty hard to decide for the ultimate rating. It's very much right in between the 2 and 3 stars all things considered and the final decision depends on your taste and then mainly if you like your (neo)prog spicy or gentle. Personally it depends on my mood on the day but because there is quality enough on this album and Differences at least did the maximum effort where playing time is concerned I will give 3 (though strongly rounded up).

progrules | 3/5 |


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