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3 stars Rehearing my cassettes.

I have had a couple of Novalis original and low priced cassettes since quiet a while. Although they never impressed me beyond singing in German, which is a relief, opposite to their fellow countrymen Progggers who tend to use the English language mostly. One of those cassettes is this "Novalis", 1975.

To their benefit, here in Mexico, Novalis was well known. Their sweet tooth for easy going "complex" Prog/Rock, their humorous touch and "tango" like epic structures, fitted in the "latin" flavors, so appealing in this lands. But nevertheless, their musical offerings stay short of becoming notable. To cut it short, they have a knack for cheesy melody solutions to their compositions, even the good ones.

The keyboards which are a BIG act on this recording's scope, as they can construct excellent "Jon Lord" or Jazz like structuring lines, as they can also turn any moment unexpectedly into less interesting cliches. Like a battle within, between being creative or being corny. At the end, one's listening experience has to decide to indulge or ignore, or both.

In my personal experience, since I aquired this recording, if I have not bought the cd, it is because it has not been that essential in the long run, but I have kept this "mechanical box" up to now, anyway.

3 "Good but not essential" PA stars.

admireArt | 3/5 |


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