Poland can be considered like a second home for current neo Progressive music, along with Italy and the Netherlands. QUIDAM is certainly the main and most appreciated act to have emerged from this field, with ABRAXAS and COLLAGE. Note that female singer Emila DERKOWSKA's vocals and charm add a lot to the whole. As the sophisticated pop-rock melodies of ""Sny Aniolow"" (""Angels' Dream"" for the English-sung version, 1998) contrasted with a first eponymous album (Revelation of the year 1996) extremely appreciated for its instrumental developments, the third opus ""The Time Beneath The Sky"" (2002) orchestrates a new stylistic change, that keeps the characteristical QUIDAM sound. The pastoral flute is pleasant as usual, accompanied by a lyrical and fluid guitar: no doubt about it, the CAMEL spirit is all around ! After the splendid version of DEEP PURPLE's ""Child In Time"" on ""Live In Mexico 1999"", this masterpiece allows us to listen to an incredible rendition of LED ZEPPELIN's ""No Quarter"", without any doubt one of the British musicians' closest attempts to Progressive rock. The rest of the album confirms that we have found the way back to ambitious musics. And that's not without surprise that we discover some tense and intriguing sequences close to... PORCUPINE TREE ! One more trump, for an ever-shining diamond... ""SuREvival"" (2005) is a testimony of the new line-up of the band, the charming Emila DERKOWSKA leaving the stage in favor of a male singer. ""...Bez PolPradu - ...HalfPlugged"" (2005) presents several titles from the current album, plus some classics of the band and three cover-versions: ""Wish You Were Here"" (PINK FLOYD), ""Blackbird"" (THE BEATLES) et ""Nights In White Satin"" (THE MOODY BLUES). As exclusive bonus, three video tracks are added, including a rehearsal part. 2006 marks the tenth anniversary of the first self-titled album of QUIDAM. For the occasion, the Musea and Rock Serwis labels got together in order to produce three discs in limited edition, presented as beautiful paper Digipacks. Every item offers a complete booklet, as well as bonus videos. The first opus logically opens the collection, now associated with a second CD called ""Rzeka Wspomnien"". It includes viarious live performances, demos, cover-versions (Steve HACKETT, CAMEL...), guestings along with other artists (Talath DIRNEN) or side-projects (BELGRAD). All of this makes this release a must-have, even for those who already owns the original version ! ""Sny Aniolow/Angels' Dreams"" presents the second album by QUIDAM, in the two versions, one sung in Polish and the other in English. ""Live In Mexico 1999"" offers the CD of the same name, now with one DVD showcasing that performance, plus interviews. ""Alone Together"" (2007) marks the perfect integration of the new singer Bartek KOSSOWICZ, with his soft voice soewhat reminding SEAL... ""Saiko"" (2012) is the sixth full-length studio album by QUIDAM. It contains that unique kind of music which takes time to make its listeners fall in love with each and every sound. More than ever before, the musicians put strong emphasis on creating specific atmosphere on their latest release. The lack of elaborate compositions and minimalistic approach only intensifies the meaning of each sound. It is worth noting that after quite a long break, the band has finally returned to writing lyrics in their native Polish language. English lyrics appear only in song titled ""Roller"", where Bartek KOSSOWICZ leaves the stage to feature guest vocals by talented Polish vocalist Natalia GROSIAK. Another milestone in the current Progressive rock scene !
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By Carlos R. Galvez Barragan on July 14, 2008
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VERY GOOD SYNFONIC PROGRESSIVE ROCK OF POLAND'S BAND WITH A LOTE OF GUITARS, FLUTES, KEYBOARDS, CELLO AND EXCELENT VOCALS BY A BEATUTIFUL WOMAN. VERY RECOMMENDED
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