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Flame Dream


Symphonic Prog

3.76 | 61 ratings

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3 stars The line-up has lost its guitar player, but since he was not very determining on their debut album; not too many damages are done even if I always prefer to have this instrument featured, just for added variety in the music.

But the band compensates this with Peter Wolf who is playing flute as well as sax. He incidentally also sings, in a derivative Anderson way at times. But that's what this album (and the previous one) is all about: some YesSongs from Switzerland.

Still, as I have said in my review for their debut ''Calatea'', this band adds a definite own feel to their music mostly thanks to the sax play but not only. They sound definitely jazzier than ''Yes'' (''Sea Monsters'') and during this long compositions, I have the impression to grab some GG influence during some vocals while ''Genesis'' just sits together as well while Roland Ruckstuht starts his synth solo. While he hits the piano, Wakeman and Emerson are the references.

Nothing new under the sun actually, since these characteristics could also be noticed in their earlier release. That said, this song is very pleasant, yet not personal.

The other tracks from this album are made on the same mould (especially ''Earth''), and ''A Poem Of Dancing'' also borrowed the format. Fine fluting and almost classic piano combined to some melodic vocals towards the end are indeed fine ''elements''.

This is an enjoyable album; it is totally oriented towards the early seventies and some of the prog giants as mentioned. Three stars.

ZowieZiggy | 3/5 |


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