Voyage En Progressif

Un Voyage en Progressif, Vol. 7

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Vol. 7 in the Musea label's line of progressive rock samplers presents pieces from albums released in the first half of 2002 -- as usual, there are no rare or unreleased tracks. Some thought has been put into the running order to ensure a coherent listen. Things kick off with Seven Reizh's majestic "Selaou," part of the group's Briton rock opera. Lunar Chateau, Kotebel, and Gerard provide some very nice "classic" progressive rock numbers. After this "symphonic landscapes" section, listeners move on to a trio of "neo-progressive landscapes." Skeem and S&L pull off good songs, but Scenario's "Tin Soldier" amounts to little more than a pile of clichés (how many lyrics begin with the line "Looking out my window," anyway?). The last four pieces are grouped under the heading "fusion landscapes." There are some nice things to be heard here too, especially from Frenchmen Local 7. How about a Latin progger from a Japanese group? Side Steps' "Latin '98" provides comic relief and a nice surprise. Rigel Michelena's Allan Holdsworth-esque tricks don't renew the jazz-rock genre, but guitar hero lovers will probably appreciate them. All in all, Un Voyage en Progressif, Vol. 7 provides a faithful snapshot of Musea's productions from that period, underlining the label's efforts to raise its quality values in 2001-2002.

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