Sven B. Schreiber
So what kind of music is this? "Symphonic Prog Folk" maybe...?! Difficult to put this into a drawer. Anyway, it's among the best things I've found in the last few years. The songs are of stunning beauty, with rich keyboard and guitar arrangements, plus flute, violin, and classical brass and woodwind. And let's not forget the most appealing female vocals. Just pure pleasure without rough edges. The album is issued on an italian label, and, in fact, if there weren't the occasional greek lyrics, this band might be erroneously considered an italian prog band... which is a big compliment!
Favorite track: Song for an Island.
A delight! Prog from Greece, firmly rooted in the 70s, but with their very own twist. Fantastic instrumentation, the arrangements are easily as colourful as the cover art (albeit much more to my liking ;-) ) and "At the Death of Winter" is a great hat's off to Gentle Giant!
Favorite track: Around the Fire.
Mit The Finest of Miracles ist dem Athener Quartett ein starker Nachfolger zu ihrem Debüt gelungen. Diese originelle und abwechslungsreiche Mixtur begeistert! Und vor allem: Ciccada zeigen, dass Retro-Prog trotz aller Anleihen bei den 70ern eigenständig klingen kann und dass eingängige Musik nicht banal sein muss.
(April 13, 2015)
Favorite track: Wandering.
The compositions are strong, musical and even playful. The development of theme is also enhanced by the juxtaposition between electric and acoustic instruments. The woodwinds are used in a striking fashion which elevates this music beyond many if not most bands writing and playing music in the 'prog rock' format.
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Because it is the most exquisitely seventies prog rock influenced music I have yet heard - the mix of Yes/Genesis with some King Crimson thrown in is, at times, overwhelming. (And, as a sixty year old man, the reference to Trumpton/Camberwick Green is more than welcome!) vicar888
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Anyone with an aversion to "contemporary prog" should listen to Wobbler and they'd realize that prog classics are not just confined to the 1970s. This album is just so tight on every level that if you'd have told me this was recorded in 1974, I'd have no basis for questioning it other than the lack of more prominent tape hiss. Great from start to finish! babayetu
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One of the best examples of a modern band making vintage prog music without it being old, or trying to hard to replicate what was done before. Its easy for modern prog to be too far into basic rock, this band does anything but that. Highly recommend. Grievous Swoons