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ADONIS

Anyone's Daughter

 

Symphonic Prog

4.01 | 184 ratings

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Gatot
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4 stars Neo Prog was invented here?

I've just known the band sometime last year and it struck me with the fact that the music is in the vein of Pendragon or Pallas which normally people called it as neo progressive music. By the time I knew that this album was released in 1979, I was questioning myself about the birth of neo prog. So far I had been aware that neo prog started in early eighties even though Marillion was already there at the end of seventies; but the album "Script for a Jester's Tear" was not released yet until 1983. Nope, I'm not trying to say that the music of Anyone's Daughter is similar with Marillion - nor trying to identify who was the first time playing neo prog. I'm just curious with my knowledge about when actually started? But never mind, the music of Camel sometimes reminds me like neo prog as well. So let's just talk about this album "Adonis" by Anyone's Daughter.

Looking at the way the band approach their music it sounds to me that this kind of music is a kind of Pendragon, Pallas, Pulsar and even Camel. In fact, the voice quality of "Harald Bareth" who also plays bass guitar is similar with Nick Barrett of Pendragon. It actually shocked me the first time enjoyed this album. The music is quite enjoyable with keyboard-dominated composition and floating style. The fact that this album has an epic of the album title explains the center of this album is on its album title. The epic comprises four parts that have good transitions from one part to another. Each part has its own style and richness of melodies. The music brings us to various tempos that enrich the quality of music offered by this epic. There are segments with memorable melodies which make this epic is enjoyable from start to end.

"Blue House" (7:20) continues the domination of keyboard as main instrument that contributes to the music. The intro part contains long keyboard solo followed with simple guitar fills in mellow style. "Sally" (4:20) has faster tempo and more energetic and expressive vocal line augmented with electric piano and nice guitar solo. "Anyone´s Daughter" (9:10) concludes the album beautifully with great combination of dynamic bass lines and stunning organ / keyboard solo. It's an energetic track.

Overall, this album represents a gem of the seventies with its powerful song writing, tight composition, and nice melodies. Recommended. Keep on proggin' ..!

Peace on earth and mercy mild - GW

Gatot | 4/5 |

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