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THE FIRST GOODBYE

Cirkel

 

Neo-Prog

3.00 | 10 ratings

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b_olariu
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3 stars I'm the first reviewer of this obscure neo prog band from early '80's, quite strange because their music has a lot to offer and many great moments. They came from Holland and were formed in mid '70's around Henny van Mourik - bass and vocals. They released only one album in 1983 named very sugestive - The first goodbye. While the progressive rock music was somthing of a lost battle in early '80 some bands manage to survive and other just beggin to take form. One of the bands from second category who has a quite succesfull album in that period was Cirkel (circle in english). They play neo prog who remind me a lot of Zaragon from Denmark (who release an album later next year named No return), same neo prog aproach. Maybe to many this album would be something very unpleasent because of digital sound of the keyboards, typical for that period, very pop sound, but combined with progressive rock give quite a pleasent album after all. The music is not very sophisticated like on other neo prog bands from that period, Marillion come in mind , their first album is much more rockyer, but The first goodby has plenty of good moments, is clear that this band was promising dutch out fit. The pop sound dominated the album but is so well melted with neo prog elements, that in the end I'm apreciating this album a lot. The album is as I said not very complex, has some fine moments, specialy , keyboards sound very intristing, it gives a special '80's feel to it, but very ok in the end, Henny van Mourik has a good voice for this kind of music, nothing over the top, but enjoyble all the way. All the pieces stands as good, not a weak moment here, More than a match or Four hands are well puted on the portative . I have the Musea records re issue with two bonus tracks, recorded in 1984 , the year when they disbanded. Henny van Mourik will join the neo prog band from this decade named Ice - who released an album in 2005 named Saga. So, a good album who desearve for sure from my side 3 stars, nothing realy impressive or groundbreaking like other albums from that period in neo prog zone, but well performed, more like 3.5 for personal reasons. While they are far from an essential listning , they need a wider recognition, Cirkel is one of the bands from early neo prog movement both from Holland and in Europe in general. Similarity with Zaragon from Denmark or Dragonfly from Switzerland.
b_olariu | 3/5 |

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