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3.17 | 4 ratings

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3 stars Alquin from Holland is a progressive rock band who had a moderated succes in the '70s. Beggining very well with first two albums being very appreciated among fans with time passing by they slowly drop the eclectic/canterbury feel in vein of Caravan or Supersister of the first two albums and optained with the third album for a more accesible harder edge combined with progressive elements. Well, the 2 in 1 CD issued by Polydor in 1990, have the third album from 1975 named Nobody can wait forever and the forth from 1976 named Best kept secret. The first album from this CD is Nobody can wait forever - 1975. I like what I've heared here, is the type of hard prog very well performed with uptempo passages and very strong musicianship. All pieces stands as good for me, specialy the opening track New Guinea sunrise with pleasent flute break and the ending track Revolution's theme aswell with great guitar , keyboards, flute interludes. The middle of the album is ok but nothing really special, prog melted with hard edgy passages. I like a lot the vocalist Michael van Dijk , very competent , with strong tone in his voice and has some very good parts on this album. Overall ok release, enjoyble, 3 stars maybe in parts 3.5. The second album from here and forth overall from their career is Best kept secret - 1976. This is little dissapointing face previous one, not to mention is far from first two albums in manner of composing. This is a a very mainstrem and accesible hard prog where only the opning track Fool in the mirror worth mentioned, the rest while are ok are totaly forgetable tracks. They gone here like Golden Earring same period. Aswell vocal parts are good, strong. For sure weaker then all previous works band done. 2.5 stars to this one. So overall for the both albums 3 stars. Still I like to hear from time to time this 2 in 1 CD.
b_olariu | 3/5 |


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