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LOVER'S END

Moon Safari

 

Symphonic Prog

3.88 | 415 ratings

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Ivan_Melgar_M
Special Collaborator
Symphonic Prog Specialist
2 stars Nice and nothing more

Some days ago I read a couple of ravishing reviews of this album, so immediately got it, and really was disappointed, not that the album is bad, because is pretty decent, but I found it unimaginative and anodyne.

Bands like MOON SAFARI place me in a problem, if I start to analyse the music by it's elements, there's not a single flaw. The performances are close to the status of brilliance, the arrangements are amazing, it's as pompous and musically strong as any of the best representatives of the genre, but once you put everything together, something's missing, the sound is empty, lack of personality and the classical Progressive Symphonic sound gets diluted into some sort of Pomp Pop.

It's my impression that YES and GLASS HAMMER have strongly influenced MOON SAFARI in the composition of "Lovers's End" and THE BEACH BOYS in the vocal harmonies, but no matter how good the work is, they lack the magic of the bands that inspired them, the choirs are impeccable but say nothing to me.

Rock is a risky business, you need strength, blend of sounds styles, and if you try to make Prog Rock, you also need to be extremely adventurous, nothing of this was can be perceived in "Lover's End", the album is too aseptic, clean, neat, polished but absolutely lacks of adventure and risk, as if they had taken the safe path always.

I normally review the albums song by song, but to be honest I couldn't find a single memorable track, all are good and well performed but with no depth.

My first intention was to rate "Lover's End" with three stars because it's well played and the music is nice, but being that I have rated albums like "Acquiring the Taste" by GENTLE GIANT and the strong ELP debut with three stars, I can't give this rating to a good but non- transcendental release, so have to go with two stars.

And I'm truly sorry of this low rating, because I like the music, but the album sounded empty to me, so just bought a copy of [Blomljud] that I will receive in the next days, expecting the same sound but also originality and depth.

Ivan_Melgar_M | 2/5 |

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