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3.23 | 143 ratings

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3 stars I have a mixed feeling about "Fruupp". A good debut album and a follow-up which I really can not stand. Just hope that this one will belong to the former category.

And when you listen to "It s All Up Now" you immediately have the feeling that it will be so. It almost starts as "Pictures At An Exibition" and develops some marvelous symphonic moments. Gorgeous and melodic keys. Really sublime at times. Vocals are a bit naive but so smooth, so pleasant... This is a highlight not only of this album but for the whole of "Fruupp" 's work.

Not all the songs will be of that caliber of course. "Prince Of Darkness" is at times reminiscent of "Harold The Barrel" duirng the intro and outro. It has not the same power. But it is not too bad after all. After this, just press next to avoid the incredibely poor and dull "Jaunting Car". A totally useless instrumental.

But the truth is that the more this album advances, the more the feeling that only one wonder is featured emerges. The final of "Knowing You" though revives the good habits again. Just as "Crystal Brook" : a beautiful and delicate song. Very nice fluting and piano. Admirable melody, full of sweetness. The "Genesis" filiation is more than a feeling and "Camel" is not far either during the second half of the song. Another highlight.

From the last part of the album, only "The perfect Wish" deserves a mention. the longest track of this effort. Fully symphonic. It features some very pleasant but short guitar breaks. Some "Watcher" riff as well. It changes from mood several times which makes it the most sophisticated song of the whole (not talking about complexity here : "Fruupp" music is straight-forward, simple and accessible). It is the third highlight.

This album is much more pleasant than their previous release. I am somewhat reconciliated with the band. Three stars.

ZowieZiggy | 3/5 |


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