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- Opus One - Claudia Ehrhardt - 5 stars

Opus One

Opus One
(ProgRock Records - 2007)

The Canadians are somehow part of the prog rock scene, but the rock elements aren't much obvious. Derek Barber is a classical trained musician and stated that this is his way to combine he skills with his love for prog rock. The soundscapes are inspired by 70's bands like ELP, King Crimson and some parts have a bit Tull in it and once in awhile a spark of Pink Floyd. The music is very relaxed and something for the wee hours.
On Taken is a part which remind me of the music of Twin Peaks... Somehow this music is catching attention, but on the other hand it don't last. When the music fades out at the end, you won't remember it clearly... No catchy lines will spin in your head. The vocals are emotional, but I miss some depths... Especially as the red fathom of the songs is a lost love, so I expect more emotions...
To be honest, I don't really know what to think about this album... Perhaps it needs more time to grow, perhaps it's just bad timing - not for the release, just for me to get into it. I have very mixed feelings about this album and so I can just recommend to give it a try when you are into the mentioned 70's prog rock / art rock bands.

5 stars

Claudia Ehrhardt


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