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3.09 | 3 ratings | 1 reviews | 33% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2008

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Thousands of Lakes (3:04)
2. Screaming Baby (4:07)
3. Stories - I. Magic Village (2:16)
4. Stories - II. My Island (1:40)
5. Stories - III. So Long Ago (4:37)
6. Stories - IV. Hang On! (2:13)
7. Stories - V. My Island, part two (1:18)
8. Stories - VI. End of the Party (1:45)
9. Touches Like Fire (5:46)
10. In to The Life (4:32)
11. Sä tiedät ehkä sen (5:06)
12. Aku-Aku (5:32)
13. From My Heart for You (3:46)
14. Stars (2:06)

Line-up / Musicians

- Pale Saarinen / accordion
- Varre Vartiainen / guitars
- Mikko Löytty / bass
- Anssi Nykänen / drums

guest musicians:
- Marzi Nyman / guitars
- Juhani "Junnu" Aaltonen / flutes, saxophones
- Kullerve "Kulle" Kojo / clarinets
- Aale Lindgren / Oboes
- Maija Linkola / violin
- Silja Nummi / violin
- Anna Hinkkala / viola
- Joel Lehto / cello
- Tapio Lydecken / upright bass
- Arttu Takalo / keyboards
- Seppo Sundström / keyboards
- Olli Haavisto / lap steel guitar
- Abdissa "Mamba" Assefa / percussion
- Henri Sorvali / samples, programming
- Hanna-Maria Helenius / supporting vocals
- Johanna Aarnio / supporting vocals

Releases information

Presence Records

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OPEN EYE BAND Screaming Baby ratings distribution

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Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(33%)
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Review by Matti
3 stars Open Eye Band is a Finnish one-time recording project led by an accordion player Pale Saarinen. He has composed the music, which "draws its influences from ethnic folk & world music, jazz, pop and harder rock" as Eetu's biography tells. Accordion is in a central role in the sound, but apart from that there's no notable folk orientation in songwriting or arrangements, I think. For the most part the music could probably have been categorized as crossover prog, if there was some less folky/ethnic instrument in the place of accordion. Until my recent goal of getting to know several marginal (prog) bands of my country, I don't remember having heard of this group at all. I'm not surprised there are no reviews - even the library were I borrowed the CD had placed it in storage (mere five years after the release year). But I'm glad that I now have the opportunity to tell more about it. I was personally told it's fumbling and sympathetic. Exactly my thoughts too.

The album is mostly instrumental, partly sung by various guest vocalists. The opener 'Thousands of Lakes' is atmospheric, nature-mystifying, slowly growing and nearly shamanistic track with wordless chanting by two women. Hanna-Maria Helenius sings the following title track, a rather straightforward rocker. In the little vocal-less sections I sense some nice folk-prog flavour. 'Stories' is a six-part suite (approximately 14 minutes in total) and clearly the proggiest thing here. Instrumental first part is very playful with its many tempo changes; fusion-like actually. The next two parts are more romantic ones featuring the beautiful soprano voice of Essi Wuorela, best known as a member in the accappella group RAJATON. Gorgeous melodies on 'So Long Ago'! Then a faster instrumental part with energetic rock combo playing and the accordion lead, continuing directly as an equally up-tempo vocal section. Final instrumental closes the suite nicely with some background singing by Wuorela.

The two following instrumentals are not really progressive, instead, one might say, easy-going upbeat pop tunes with an accordion in place of a vocalist. The tender ballad 'Sä tiedät ehkä sen' (You Probably Know It) has a string arrangement by Marzi Nyman (who guests on this album as a guitarist also) and male vocals in Finnish by Sami Saari.

The groovy 'Aku-Aku' is composed by Upi Sorvali. 'From My Heart for You' recycles the melody of 'Sä tiedät...' with totally another kind of arrangement, starring accordion. 'Stars' has a bold feeling of a finale in its shortness and slow fading out. Yes, this is sympathetic album in its own way, though I hardly expect it to have many more reviews here.

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