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3 stars Metamorphosis - After All These Years (2002)

Swiss neo-prog project by Jean-Pierre Schenk. Though a bit typical for the genre, I must admit I have a sweat spot for this man and his melancholy symphonic rock. 'Then All Was Silent' is a long-time favorite concept album of mine. From the get go 'After All These Years' starts with a sombre melody and vocals. Without the concept feel the lyrics tend towards the politically & socially naive, but somehow Schenk charmes his way through. With his Marillion-like seriousness and personal - if not dramatic performance he rises above the bulk of neo-prog acts. I sometimes just feel understood by this music. Throughout the album Metamorphosis thrives in simple but moving musical ideas, with little noodling. Some of the electric guitars are played beautifully and add to the atmospheric Floydian approach. Bass and drums are there to support keyboards, guitar and vocals. With a running time of 65 minutes this album could have easily been strengthened in the cutting room, though I must admit I listen to it for its relaxing take on the genre. Production and sound is fine as well. Three and a halve stars.

friso | 3/5 |


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