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Rainbow Over Kolonaki

Review by Gary Hill

I previously reviewed another set from this act. I put that one under progressive rock. I said at the time, that it wasn't progressive rock in a traditional sense. That's true of this, too. This is progressive music, though. It combines folk, rock, psychedelia, world music, jazz and more to create a unique and effective listening experience. This is a fine addition to the act's catalog.

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Track by Track Review
Rainbow Over Kolonaki
Tolling bells begin the album. The sounds of life are heard before world music with a bouncy kind of texture rise up to take control.  As this continues some definite jazz elements are welded onto the chassis.
If I Should Lose You
There are definite Rock In Opposition leaning present here. This has a lot of jazz and world music in the mix. Overall, it's a stranger number than the opener was. It has some killer horn work later in the number.
She Moved Through the Fair
There is definitely some trippy psychedelic sound in the mix here. This has a real 1960s vibe to it in a lot of ways. It's a real change, and an intriguing cut.
I'm a Fool to Want You
Here we get a jazzy telling of a Frank Sinatra number. This has a real French torch-song type of vibe.
With a full world music introduction, this works out to an arrangement from there that calls to mind Blackmore's Night just a bit for the entrance of the vocals. The world music elements are added to the arrangement as the piece continues.
World music and jazz seem to merge in almost equal quantities. This leans toward Rock in Opposition in some ways.
Time Runs Out
Some of the lyrics on this one are not in English. There is a bit of a prog meets psychedelic element in the mix, but overall this lands more in the pure world music vein.
Scarborough Fair
This cut is purely acapella for more than a minute. There are multiple layers of vocals at times during that part. Then world music and some jazzy elements are added to the mix as it continues from there. It's an intriguing rendition of the classic tradition folk piece that Simon and Garfunkel made quite famous.
When Apollo Smiles
Quite a pretty piece, this has a lot of folk music in the mix. Add some world music and more, and you have the idea of this piece.
I'll Be Seeing You
More of a full jazz treatment is on hand for this. It still has some definite world music built into it, though. It's a classy closer. 
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