Wednesday, October 6, 2021

Fragile - Beyond (2021)

The second album from this German band.

The band is a quartet with a lineup of drums, percussion, bass, guitars, keyboards and vocals.

This band follows up last year's debut album Golden Fragments with their new album.

Fragile was a Yes cover band before they started to write and record their own stuff. It reminds me about The Watch and their relationship to Genesis.

The cover art-works on both their albums screams Yes and Roger Dean. This sets the mood in a perfect way.

Claire Hamill is the vocalist here and that is indeed a female vocalist. Something that adds a lot of value to this album. The not so few Renaissance references is not a problem here either. They adds a lot of value to this album, indeed.

An album where the Yes references comes thick and fast. Nevertheless, this band has their own identity. It is a bit difficult to detect in the cascades of Yes'ish riffs and themes. But Fragile still stands proudly on their own four legs... make that eight legs.

Three tracks between fourteen and twenty-two minutes is what this album gives us. It gives us some very good symphonic prog in the good old 1970s genre. 

This is an album every symphonic prog fan should check out and then include in their collections of symphonic prog.

3.5 points

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