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Very Good, but ...
on 30 September 2013
Moon Safari - one of the best prog bands out there at the moment. This is album No. 4 (or 5 if you include the EP or 6 if you include the Live CD!), and it continues the trend of melodic complexity mixed with incredible vocal harmonies - all of which they can do live! The first 3 CDs and EP were all five star wonders, and this carries on in that tradition. So why only four stars?
Well, this has the feel of "...oh so nearly, but not quite..." That is NOT to say it is bad. Far from it. In addition to the already familiar influences of 70s prog like Yes and 80s prog like Marillion in the music, and The Beatles and Beach Boys in the vocals, one can also now trace hints of Queen, IQ and ELO in there too. All of which tick my boxes fully!
Kids set things up nicely for Time To Say Goodbye as the brilliant opener proper; stand-out track Mega Moon weaves in and out with a pomp that leaves you breathless; Barfly & Red White Blues carries on the momentum; Little Man is a bit throwaway, but good nevertheless; and CD ends on a high with Diamonds and Sugar Band (a self deprecating reference perhaps?)
Great album, so why only 4 stars? Moon Safari are progressive in the right sense. This album is clear progression from the previous ones, with its own clear identity. No returning over old ground. Good! But my sense is that some of the ideas, more than wonderful though they are, are not fully formed. I suspect that in time they will look back on this release and see it as an important part of the learning curve. I also suspect that after living with and touring this album for a year or so, they will have nailed EXACTLY what they want to do, and so Himlabacken Vol 2 should be awesome.
Buy it. Enjoy it. And then wait for what they do next, for if they progress as they have done so far, what comes next will blow your minds!