Label: Music Is Intelligence - WMMS 051 • Format: CD Album • Country: Germany • Genre: Rock • Style: Prog Rock
Among the curiosities this album's got, I was able to distinguish that it is comprehended in two separate parts. Firstly, I noticed that from "Overture" to "Union part II", is mostly all about Ines showing off her skills on keyboards, proving why she earned the right to name a band after her, and let me tell you, the musical arrogance this woman displays if I may call it suchcertainly pays off pretty well.
After the instrumental intro, "In the Distance" breaks into the scene. Harald BARETH follows pretty much the same vocals vein on "Water" and "Mother Moon", but with a very unique style that stands out from the rest of the singers who lent their voices for the realization of this album. But with geniality, comes misinterpretation. The resemblance to the top English Neo Progressive bands is unmistakable, so heavily floating in the air, that it sort of blurs the entire and mere intention of the image "Hunting the Fox" tries to picture for us.
Numbers - Daniel Ibbotson - Streamlines, moving on to the latter half of this album. Unrecognizably great to me and to strangers in the first place, the almost ten minute suite carries around the restless spirit of INES.
I'd dare to say this is Union Part II - Ines - Hunting The Fox most representative track not only out of the entire record, but also of the whole connection in between the subsequent productions by the German band. It's like listening to a complete different band from the one you've been paying attention to during the last half hour of running, it's unbelievable.
In the beginning, it may sound off quite "pop" and aimless to you, but just let it flow and you'll be amazed like I was the first time I listened to it. Coming up next, "Hold on to Dreams". Apparently, "Meet Me on the Mountain" and "Innocent Girl" bring out the romantic touch of the album, described mushily throughout the lyrics sustaining both pieces and the peaceful guitar interludes. And finally, if there ever was going Mr.
Hermano - Free As The Morning Sun be a guitar standing out individually from the rest of the instruments, it was going to be included in "Wasteland". Not Union Part II - Ines - Hunting The Fox or complicated riffs, just string presence on the track.
The self-titled song pretty much wraps Lament - Nosesoul - Angel Ghost & Human Shades up in a melancholic, introverted mood easily breathed all around the track. Ines wanted to save the best in her for giving the album the perfect, suitable ending.
So, this is one of those albums filled with innumerable contrasts. It can go from outstanding to plain, from provocative prog rock to the burnt out formulas. I seriously considered giving it the almost perfect rating, but since there are some spaces in between and impreciseness, the "good but non-essential" evaluation suits this album perfectly. Despite how contradictory this review may look, it's entirely your call.
Whether you're intrepid enough to put up with the comparisons or audacious to completely overlook and disregard what I've just written up above and go for it.
I'd do that if I were you on this one. Share this INES review. Copyright Prog Archives, All rights reserved. Please consider supporting us by disabling your ad blocker. To be the debut album by the German band commanded by talented keyboardist Ines, it shines with a light of its own by being so damn proposing and challenging; it deserves not the appellative of "underrated" but of "overlooked" since the work put together in here sounds differently peculiar with a taste of the "great ones" in Neo prog.
By flowing so melodic as compassed, this production leaves a great first impression inside ones ears, provoking the listener to stick around while the album decides to come to an end. Then, you will be ready to play it again. You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing use forum credentials. Forum user Forum password.
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