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4.0 out of 5 stars Bonafide psych classic, 20 Mar. 2006
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M. Bobbe "droombolus" (The Netherlands) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Ars Nova [Us Import] (Audio CD)
The 2nd part of the 60s is a renowned period for experimentation in music. Ars Nova was one of those bands that really took their music to the edge in merging Rock with 16th century Renaissance stylings.

Though apparently the sales of the original album were even less than disappointing, it would be foolish to accept that fact as a measure for the superb blend in musical styles they managed to come up with which, safe for the obligatory vaudeville exercise of Album In Your Mind and the outdated Sci-Fi of Automatic Love, stood the test of time gracefully.

If you're into psych, great songs in surprising arrangements, excellent singing & playing and love a challenge you owe it to yourself to check this one out. Ars Nova's "out there" on par with both the United States Of America and Insect Trust's s/t 1st album.

peace,
Martin
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Talented Psych Rock/Pop., 28 Sept. 2008
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The Baron (West Midlands,England,U.K.) - See all my reviews
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I would have to agree with the previous review and i recommend this CD to anyone into Psychedelic Rock/Pop with a quirky edge to it.

The Renaissance era medieval touch to some of the songs[and the bridges in between most of the tracks],adds something unique to the mix and if that kind of sound floats your boat,go for it,you won`t be disappointed.

My own personal fave has to be the third song,`And How Am I To Know` which is also possibly the least quirky track on here. Other highlights are `Fields Of People` [especially the chorus],`Song To The City`,which has a bit of The Doors about it and `March Of The Mad Duke`s Circus`. The only ones that don`t do anything much for me are `Album in Your Mind` and `Automatic Love`,though the level of musicianship is high on the latter track[as it is throughout].

Another highlight of the album are the vocals of Jon Pierson,who also plays trombone [on what is quite a brass-heavy album]. The man has a fine voice. `Nuff said.

Anyone tempted to buy this album won`t be disappointed. The 2nd,[and final] album `Sunshine And Shadows` is just as good as well. Both of them are well worth the outlay.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Delighted. All the way from the States in time ..., 2 April 2015
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I bought two. One for my brother. Spent years looking for this. Delighted. All the way from the States in time for Christmas.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good old days, 27 Aug. 2009
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R. R. De Hoogh (Holland) - See all my reviews
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Ars Nova brings me back to the sixties. This album is very good. It's original and everyone who didn't live in the sixties should listen to it, because it's quality popmusic with a classical sauce.
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