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Symphonic Prog

3.83 | 413 ratings

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Erik Nymas
4 stars Quick links for good music


Oh well well well, what we got here? Personally I don't trust too much the "most popular album" link, first of all you need to be a mind opened person to take an unknow artist and start to listen at him (and it's not for the mere ''gold'' but for a bunch of reasons that varies from the simple fact that you haven't any kind of feedback even from reviews to a more complicated ''wrong label''), in a second stance think about the trauma to discover a good (really good) effort! I really hope that for everyone of you that use the ''most popular album'' link catch a good album ;)

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Ok enough talking about my ways to ''scout'' new music and get to the review: as I said before Kaipa were almost unknown for me before the nice cover on the link (shame on me I watch the cover first, always!), apart from the cover that with a second watch isn't anything special this Wake bring with him a very good start and the main track begin with a very powerfull intro supported with the wonderfull voice of Aleena Gibson (not the same thing of Heater Findlay - exMostly Autumn - but nice enough to be compared to Maggie Reilly - see Mike Oldfield's Moonlight Shadow and other works), the following of the track keep the same structure, again strong music piece singing (from Lundstrom), and again music. The track goes smooth and the 11min track even doesn't seems to have passed. After we get a slow ballad again with Aleena at voice leading a crescendo of music that gives me the ''magic feel'' of growness, ending in the main track of the album with his 18 minutes of music, a bad use of vocals may get scared the listeners but I think the ''Freddie Mercury's clone'' make his work well here and the long music parts works fine even alone, appreciated the counterpoints from drums and guitar, follow a folk ballade (man I love it) almost in Mostly Autumn style (maybe less dynamic, but still good). With the 5th track comes out another part from Aleena Gibson and another good music carpet under her words for a crescendo when voices (from her and Lundsrtom) join toghether. From here I always get the sensation of something ''used'' Arcs of Sound is a boring track, skip it since doesn't add anything apart some other Mercury's clone moment, Smoke from a Secret Source blinks the eye to a fast and simple music on the background, nothing special but a nice improvement from Arcs. Last track is a nice stepback to the beginning and start with simple guitar background only to morph slowly at the middle, if u cut the middle part (hunhunhunhun to be clear) make the pair with first part and after all its a very strong end for the album that fits perfectly in that place.


I can say that clicking on the link went well After all, and since this is my first review from some time I can say I'm satisfied of this album givint it a full 4 stars. Isn't 5 since it's not a masterpiece: some moments and passages are repated giving the sense of useless to the track Arcs, maybe the guy need to leave his Mercury's intentions out from the discs (seriously those singings ruin the work from musicians). Even with these bad marks Wake keep itself as a good album, listen to it if you want something new and like symphonic/folkish prog and if u don't, think about it: it's a good album after all and give a nice 50 (more or less, counting bad parts) mins of very good music at all levels.

Erik Nymas | 4/5 |


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