This debut album features 9 songs and a total time of 40 minutes; however it has been re- released with some extra tracks which I don't know.
As you can imagine, all the tracks are short tracks that go between minutes, so don't expect for complexity here. My favorite songs are "Wild and Exciting", "21st Century Show" and "Love Quivers", the last happens to be the only "long" song reaching almost 8 minutes. Their compositions are pretty similar; the female vocals are almost equal to Shocking Blue's ones, and the music in the rock vein more than in the prog vein. The music is well composed with good guitars, both electric and acoustic, nice drumming, and every now and then some nice keyboards and flute, so it is a good album, the thing is that it would be a weak album if we are talking about progressive rock, since those elements are only shown in 2 or 3 tracks; they also have male vocals, average ones.
In general, the album deserves 3 stars because it has nice music on it, but here, in a progressive rock site where we are supposed to qualify those progressive rock albums from bands that meant to create that kind of music, I believe this album deserves 2 stars; as I said above, I don't know if they really made true progressive rock albums, but this is not an example, anyway?. Enjoy it! They were hardly very original, and still they have a personal touch on every song.
My favorites are the beautiful harmonies of Ruby Is The One, the driving organ riff of Twilight Dreamer again strong vocals from Kaagman , the simple yet very effective Seasons and the emotional, early Deep Purple-like, Love Quiver great guitar and organ parts.
In fact, I liked all the tracks. The production is good thanks, I think, much to the excellent remastering. You can hear everything quite clearly. My CD comes with no less than 9 bonus tracks, which I believe are taken from singles before and after this release. Very nice addition, I should say, since they are all fine tunes. Rating: 3. Not quite on the excellent level, specially considering the of their follow ups, but more than just good. A melodic opener that grabs your attention right away with it's power, a catchy and addictive rocker full of wailing guitar solos!
Lovely shimmering organ, and I especially smile in the quiet cymbal and flute breaks. Beginning with eerie chanted male vocals, the song soon drifts into a dreamy and reflective acoustic ballad with a superb lead vocal from Jerney. Her words are sadly romantic, but with just a hint of slightly more upbeat moments when electric guitar and organ drops in.
It's all full of very uplifting energy. Her lovely wistful vocal carries the song through to a thoughtful conclusion. The whole band gets lots of loose jamming standout moments on this one, and it's probably the piece that most hints at the symphonic progressive direction the band would next head in. This article has multiple issues. Please help improve it or discuss these issues on the talk page.
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Jerney's voices are not so perfect but our heart would get attracted deeply, especially in the part "Destruction" drenched in fruitful soundscape. Who cannot appreciate this suite eh? On the other side In the last phase of "Fanfare" following a psychic sound drama "Interlude", some mysterious, sorrowful phrases drag the audience into the Earth like Classical polyphony or canon obviously the Baroque scene had exerted much influence upon their creativity.
Jerney's fragile but enthusiastic voices give definite power to us in solitude. The epilogue of this album "Love, Please Close The Door" quite suitable for the suite finale might feature solemn "down-to-the earth" I suppose.
For me this Symphonic Progressive Crystal can be called as one of cornerstones, like the previous masterpiece of Earth And Fire. Review by Progfan Prog Reviewer. There's that disco element that's sure to scare off progheads, but I'm actually surprise of the proggy approach of much of this side. Right in between "Recognition? There is also some small amount of Mellotron, but since real strings are used on the album, it's little surprise tron is used so little on this album but surprisingly, their next three albums, Reality Fills Fantasy, Andromeda Girl and In State of Flux still uses the Mellotron, albums you'd think they'd completely abandoned that keyboard.
I actually love side one, might not be quite on the level of Song of the Marching Children or Atlantis, but what is? Side two justifies the reason so many people dislike this album. Not too bad, but I doubt progheads will have much patience for it. I swear I hear Mellotron on this one, but given the album is full of real strings, it's hard telling most of the rest of the album at least they don't hide it's real strings. One of those albums to get on the cheap.
I should know, I got mine for cheap. Following albums, of course are worse. Three stars because side one is actually pretty good, as well as "Driftin'". Review by apps79 Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator.
The rest of the way is a bit more conventional with slight Psych-Pop elements sneaking in between the orchestral moments. At this point they also remind me of FOCUS, the two bands shared the same taste for ethereal Symphonic Rock and grandiose keyboard orchestrations with electroacoustic changes and instrumental pomposity. Beautiful work.
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