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Symphonic Prog

3.78 | 162 ratings

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3 stars Novalis - Novalis (1975)

Getting into the progmarket a few years to late, Novalis needed to prove itself with a modern approach. And they did. Almost no lyrics (only some Germen poetry), modern keys and synthesizors and some subtle guitarsolo's. The compositions are nice, but never very complicated. On this album Novalis plays in varied rythms and uses more different sounds then on other records. Sonnegeflect reminds me a bit to ELP's Peter Gun theme, but evolves in a descent opener. Wer Schmetterlinge lachen Hört is a track with nice vocals on a melody that's very catcy in a good way. The compostion shows classical backgrounds. A problem arising for the first time on the album here is the out of tune senthesizors Novalis uses. Just out of pitch, most of us wouldn't hear it, but it disturbes me a lot. This way some beatiful ideas are ruined on most of the songs. Side two has two eight minute songs that are both mainly instrumental.

Conclusion. I don't know what to write more about this album. It isn't very technically evolved prog, it isn't very atmospheric, it isn't epic, what is it? It is a no-bullshit symponic rock album with some great findings, but it never realy gets me. Symphoproggers should take a look at this, others might find better ways to spend their money and time. Three stars.

friso | 3/5 |


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