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Moon Safari


Symphonic Prog

3.91 | 355 ratings

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3 stars This is the first album of this band I listen to, the first thing I notice right away is that is happy, like veeery happy, like "yes" BUT 10x HAPPIER!!!

Is this a bad thing? I would say no, it's just their style and I have to be in a specific mood to appreciate it, but it can put away some people. The sonority is like classic progressive rock (as I say, getting major inspiration from yes) mixed with some pop-rock feel, this pop-rock sometimes is so strong that sounds like something out of Disney Channel.

Okay, maybe it sounds like I hate it and just gonna rant about the album until the end of the review, but no, there are great aspects in the music of these guys, the instrumental being probably the most impressive, every instrument are played in a very technical and harmonical way, you could see that everyone is competent but no one is really "showing-off" being the coherency of the song an important aspect, awesome.

One aspect that drew attention is that all members sing, and all of them are incredible, always hitting the notes and rhythms, it recalls me of the beach boys, one of my favorite groups.

Some parts of the songs remember other bands like Gentle Giant and classic prog in general. These similarities sometimes are a little too much, transitioning from referential to unoriginal. I know many of my fellow prog-rockers like when modern bands sound like classic prog-rock assembles, but I prefer this to don't cross too much the borders to just give me the desire to listen to the original bands instead of it. If you don't bother with this, just ignore me being annoying.

In conclusion, this is a good album that doesn't bring new things to the table, but that does not need to because what he makes is effective by itself. I recommend it to fans of modern bands who incorporate the old prog-rock style with a more contemporary approach (like Woobler and Haken). 3 Stars.

koresea | 3/5 |


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