Label: Polydor - 3167 122 • Format: Cassette Album • Country: Netherlands • Genre: Rock, Classical, Folk, World, & Country • Style: Folk Rock, Neo-Classical, Folk
De Overtocht Oceana 2. Es Vijf Struggle for Life Total time: Flairck never sounded more like an acoustic version of Mike Oldfield then on the opening track De Overtocht. The mix of accordion, acoustic guitars and soft pastoral melodies comes right out of Hergest Ridge. But this is an album celebrating circus music and halfway in the pensive mood is broken by a fast and playful onslaught of themes with carnival and travelling fair music for inspiration.
The dashing pace and virtuosic sequence of circus scenes almost doesn't let off. Only Act 3 and the final track show a quieter and more introspective style. I have yet to get acquainted with Flairck's output from the 90's, but looking at their first decade this is their last fabulous album before they would lower their profile and ambitions on the following 80's albums.
Cirkus isn't as overwhelming as their first two albums but still an excellent album. Highly recommended. You should forget about the deep dives of the band into Chamber Folk and Classical Music, because this third album sounds more like World Music mixed with Ethno Prog, borrowing elements from nearly every possible corner of this mighty planet. Four lengthy tracks, all of them clock at over 10 minutes, exhibiting a wide range of acoustic instruments and several traditional musical styles Circus Act 3 & 4 - Na De Pauze - Flairck - Circus well as the standard interplays heard in Flairck's musicianship.
At this point they sound like a less-focused MANEIGE, they shared the same taste for an affair between Folk Music and Fusion, creating emphatic instrumental interactions with lack of a vocal content and producing rich, all-acoustic soundscapes.
On the other hand the material here contains so many national sounds and sights, that becomes a bit directionless at moments, while the music becomes hard to follow due to a very academic approach.
These lovely symphonic interludes have been significantly reduced and instead you get a multi-ethnic proposal, which has its own charm, but leaves much to be desired. The performances are trully virtuosic and flawless, no doubt about it, and Flairck had to be one hell of an all-acoustic mini orchestra back at the time, but ''Circus'' fails to deliver the great feelings of the previous albums. So, some strange situation here. I think the instrumental execution belongs among the very best ever to be displayed by the Hollanders.
I just believe the result is rather chaotic, unfocused and ultra-professional for casual listeners. At Circus Act 3 & 4 - Na De Pauze - Flairck - Circus the title of the Radar, La Chauve-Souris - Chabicouin - Chabicouin À La Ferme was really succesful and the cover art is among the best you can find around.
Recommended for lovers of Ethnic Music and Acoustic Prog Symphonic acoustic folk music. A blend very few others than Flairck do. The theme here is circus music. And a circus it is. It feels like lions and tigers are lurking in the shadow You must be a forum member to post a review, please register here if you are not. Copyright Prog Archives, All rights reserved. Please consider supporting us by disabling your ad blocker.
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