Friday 15 December 2017

Magic Pie - Motions Of Desire (2005)

The debut album from this Norwegian band.

Magic Pie was a sextet on this album with a lineup of keyboards, guitars, bass, drums and vocals.

I think it is fair to say that Magic Pie was perhaps the band who kickstarted the Norwegian prog rock scene again after this scene had been close to dormant for several years. This album got a lot of attention abroad and put Norway on the maps again.

The band was being compared to The Flower Kings on this album and the opening song Changes, a twenty minutes long epic, is in the Flower Kings vein. A very catchy theme based epic and the highlight of this album.

The title track is also very good before the album loses a bit steam and becomes a good symphonic prog album. The sound is very much in the 1970s symphonic prog mould and there is also some prog metal influences here.

The overall quality is good and I am really looking forward to reviewing the rest of their albums. I also hope we soon will get a new Magic Pie album as the band is touring and playing gigs. This is indeed a very good band with a good debut album.

3 points

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