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5 stars From its debut album Aquarius, to the latest effort Affinity, Haken never fails to amaze me.

Aquarius is a true masterpiece. Rather darker and more mellow than what would come after that, and at the same time having fun jazzy odd-timed jam parts. You don't know exactly where each of the songs are taking you, but you're sure you want to keep going.

The songs are structured similarly: an intro that isn't just there for showing off (it'll give the theme of the whole song), the lyrics content, the unpredictable jam part, and the epic closure reintroducing the theme. Despite everything being similarly structured (alright, Celestial Elixir is an exception), each song connects differently with you and that makes the album easier to digest: you're kind of expecting what you get, but you still get impressed!

However, if you're expecting something of the last almost-17-minute-epic, you will be turned upside down. That is a true masterpiece that I didn't think Haken would be able to ever top (until Visions came out). It sets everything so beautifully I wish I could listen to it for the first time again, just to be caught speechless at the end.

Seriously, if you're into anything prog has to offer, and didn't listen to this album yet, I don't know why you're not opening Spotify at this very moment (still, buy the physical copy later, because you'll need it).

guiservidoni | 5/5 |


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