MOON SAFARI - The Gettysburg Address

Kategorie: CD-Reviews | Genre: Mainstream/AOR, Prog | Heft: Jahrgang 2012, eclipsed Nr. 139 / 4-2012 | VÖ-Jahr: 2012 | Wertung: 8/10 | Label: Oxygen | Autor: AS

The Swedish band Moon Safari debuted in 2005 with their album "A Doorway To Summer". Despite good reviews and two other appealing albums, the Neoprog quintet around singer and multi-instrumentalist Simon Åkesson always remained in the shadow of other protagonists of the Swedish prog. Unjustly, how to use this live document will be able to determine. It was recorded at the 2011 Rites Of Spring Festival at the Majestic Theater in Gettysburg. In about 100 minutes, the musicians offered a representative cross-section of their work to date. Their music serves rather the shallow, romantic, dreamy side of the prog. Although it can rock here, songwriting, melodies and harmony singing are in the foreground instead of frickelia. The band can rely on four musicians with good voices. The two keyboard players offer various sounds of organ, mellotron and synth without pasting the music. Guitarist Pontus Akesson is reminiscent of Roine Stolt, but also offers wonderfully elegiac passages à la Steve Hackett. And the rhythm section is as agile as Yes's.

Top track: Other Half Of The Sky

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