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TRACE OF LIGHT

Pax Romana

 

Neo-Prog

3.85 | 15 ratings

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Matti
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4 stars (1st written review on this Finnish album.)

The band info tells that these guys were playing together in the 70's but it took 3 decades to gather in the studio for an album. Better late than never! (BTW, it was recorded in Iisalmi, my former home town in Eastern Finland.) At first I didn't quite like it, but when I listened to it for the second time, I played it again immediately and realized it's great listening. One could say it reminds Gilmour-led Pink Floyd - and as there are some flutes and female background vocals (wish there were more...), one thinks of MOSTLY AUTUMN.

Matti Kervinen (keyb) sings on three tracks and Matti Inkinen (guitars) on other three if I remember right. Some are instrumentals. Kervinen has a pleasant baritone but Inkinen's slightly unusual vocals I disliked at first. He forms his voice like Tom Waits, you know, sort of spitty out-of-breath roughness. But I started to like it, except into one track it doesn't suite so well. Compositions are tasteful and intelligent without stretching very far from accessible melodic rock music into overblown prog trickery. Sometimes it soars beautifully like Camel, and the production is just perfect. Very recommendable album!

Matti | 4/5 |

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