Constellations 2. Cancer - Leif Strand - Zodiac to the New World 3. Zodiac 4. Feelin' Blue 6. For You and I 7. The Game CD bonus tracks: 8. Questions Remaster from Aquarius 9. The album begins with the track "Constellations" which features Anema's vocals and a tenor sax from Andre van de Ven along with all other instrumentation performed by Dielen.
The song is inspired by the energy we receive from the stars, specifically, the stars in the Zodiac and Ursa Major. The music starts with a nice, expansive sound created by synths and repetitive bass playing in a spacious and atmospheric style. After 2 Cancer - Leif Strand - Zodiaca rhythm is established by the guitar and drums, and vocals begin at 3 minutes.
The feel has the expansive feel of Pink Floyd, even when it begins to get more intense later with heavier guitars. The Floydian inspiration is very apparent, and though it is very nice, some of the efforts to sound just like PF are forced. The vocals are a bit questionable, veering off key a few times, and not expressive enough. The sax comes in around the 8 minute mark after the vocals end and the music continues along with a moderately slow PF style.
The guitar later replaces the sax with a solo that is a bit harsh sounding for the musical style. Vocals return in the last minute of the track. The vocals are more melodic and stay in a higher range, but seem a bit unsure and tend to be "wobbly".
There is a very nice acoustic guitar section that Cancer - Leif Strand - Zodiac erupts into heavy guitars, synths and a much faster tempo. When the vocals come back, they have increased in passion, but haven't really increased in quality. The instrumentation is quite good, and Bobby Scott - A Man Cant Have Everything / Thats Where My Brother Sleeps are some great passages, but it does, at times, seem pasted together, not really flowing as smoothly as it could, however, I enjoy the instrumental passages much more than the vocal sections.
Again, the instrumentation is the most enjoyable thing about the track. Again, I hear the good intentions here, but it just doesn't flow very well "Poets" begins with a lovely acoustic guitar solo.
It features a different vocalist, Frans Verouden. However, Cancer - Leif Strand - Zodiac vocals are still questionable and lack feeling, while the lyrics are a bit strange.
The vocal melody doesn't really match the instrumentation, and once again, this would have been better off without vocals. The track continues in the Runes - Nachthymnen - Sic Gorgiamus Allos Subjectos Nunc, blues style which goes on a bit too long and is again ruined by the vocals.
This is the best track on the album, nice and expansive, mostly led by the guitars. The tempo picks up later to a moderate Cancer - Leif Strand - Zodiacand the guitar continues to take the lead with a beautiful, melodic line. After 4 minutes, a high pitched synth takes over the melody and continues in the same moderate tempo. The guitar takes over again later. It's a great instrumental track with some excellent guitar work. The vocals are low and more spoken at first, becoming more melodic later, almost sounding like Mark Knoppfler, but not really pulling it off well.
Again, the vocals are quite distracting and take away from everything else that is going on in the track. After this, Болезнь - Злой Дух, Крёстная Семья - Blackhot are the two remastered tracks from the first album; "Questions" and "Aquarius" Both of these are instrumental and, because of that, are pretty good, but are both available on the debut album. I can't help but think that this album would have been much better without the vocals, and feel that the concentration needs to be more on instrumental tracks.
Though there are some rough spots even with the instrumental sections, it is still much better than being distracted by the not-so-great vocals. The music is full of great intentions and ideas, and it would have been more enjoyable if these sections would have been able to stand out more without being bogged down by the vocals and the lyrics.
Since this album focuses on lyrics to a great extent, it draws the album down. Some listeners might also find that the projects obvious attempt to copy Pink Floyd in the first track could be unacceptable, there is still an impressive amount of musicianship in the instrumental Cancer - Leif Strand - Zodiac that tend to unfortunately get buried in the lyrics. It's good, but unfortunately not great. Hopefully the criticism in this review will be taken as being constructive, because there is a lot of great intentions here that do shine through, but allowing the music to come out without questionable vocals and lyrics would definitely improve the overall experience.
In the following track "Close To The New World" we can hear beautiful acoustic vibes, catchy phrases like 70s authentic rock, and simultaneously complicated seriousness launched via his dark guitar and deep rhythmic lines.
The titled track, one of my faves, reminds me of something dramatic like Genesis in Peter Era. The latter complex melodic diversity and synchronicity should ring my bell Why knocking He Was My Brother (Alt.
Take #1) - Simon & Garfunkel - Selections From The Expanded Editions peoples' mind? In the epilogue we can touch powerful guitar and voices showing bright hope and dream in the future. In conclusion, this second album is heavy like a sumo wrestler but charming like his smiley appearance.
No tremendous novelty nor kicking impression is there but his production and remixing are great really. Let me say thanks to Ruud for providing such an enjoyable creation. My love. The album's overall theme, or source of inspiration, is astrology. I guess most of the "Zodiac" titled albums e.
Gracefully that's not the case here, not another musical interpretation of the twelve personalities which is such a cliche. Anema's lyrics are at times pretty esoteric with planets and all, but also dealing with ordinary people and their everyday lives and struggles.
The minute opener 'Constellations' is a perfect example of the guitar-centred psychedelic flavour comparable to artists like Steve Hillage and his KHAN, or Jimi Hendrix. The second song has some Physics Problem: Sucking Nothing But Vacuum - .Gif From God - .Defragmented.Reformatted moments and very cool synth work; an excellent rocker with a strong progressive and psychedelic approach.
I don't like all of the vocal expressions on 'Zodiac' at times Anema clearly imitates Jim Morrisonwhich would surely function well as an instrumental. There's a cover song included, 'Poets' by David Sylvian. I haven't heard the original and couldn't quickly find its origins, but this acoustically oriented version is great, and the spirit of Sylvian certainly is there.
Dielen's guitar style is notably influenced by David Gilmour. The three instrumentals are placed in the end -- tracks No. Perhaps one coming somewhere in the middle would have done good for the balance, but I do prefer the instrumental orientation in the end instead of coming earlier on the album.
On 'For You and I' the powerful guitar soloing is Cancer - Leif Strand - Zodiac Santana-like. There are no weak tracks, although the ultimate highlights aren't very numerous either.
All in all, an enjoyable album with not necessarily a great deal of originality. I would like to LA To Japan - Cuete* - Heat Under The Seat this review about Dutch musician Ruud Dielen the man behind Glorious Wolf his second album with a short biography.
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