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CROSSING THE LINE

Asia Minor

 

Symphonic Prog

3.56 | 115 ratings

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ZowieZiggy
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3 stars Quite unknown French band that deserves to be recognized as a very creative & interesting one !

It is a quite dark album (in the style of Atoll in their early days). No wonder they called themselves "Asia Minor" since two out of the four members are Turkish (they moved to France in '73).

You can hear this Middle-East influence throughout this album. They had a hard time though in this period of the new wave explosion to get themselves known by the public. All compositions are from the Turkish duo Bakirel/Tekeli.

The opening "Preface" is a patchwork of the rest of the album. Nice flute moments, strange vocals and complex tempo. The short flute number "Mystic Dance" is very "Genesis-esque"; on the contrary, the intro of "Misfortune" sounds like Ian Anderson flute style.

We can also mention Crimson as influences for the remaining numbers and you will get a pretty good idea of what this band was capable to produce. Still the best is to come with their second opus.

Three stars for this first promising work.

ZowieZiggy | 3/5 |

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