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SOLAR PROJECT is, with fellow countrymen RPWL, one of the best PINK FLOYD-influenced bands of today. There's also a link with the fellow countrymen of ELOY. German musicians Robert VALET (Keyboards) and Peter TERHOEVEN (Guitar) recorded their first album under that name in 1990 ("The Final Solution"), and kept improving their art since. "World Games" (1992) and "The House Of S. Phrenia" (1995) use sounds from nature and background noise to accentuate the expressiveness of the floating keyboards (Some parts may also remind of Keith EMERSON and his swirling Moog). Recorded in 1997, "...In Time" is in the vein of their previous albums with this fondness for a sophisticated, perfectly arranged and mixed music with sound effects and use of noises, voices, giving a concept-background to their works such as in the PINK FLOYD albums. Four years later, the album with the very judiciously named "Five" can be considered the peak of this majestic band. Published in the year 2004 on the Musea label, "Force Majeure" is already the sixth effort by the group ! This conceptual album deals with the influence of the forces of nature on mankind, as well as the brutal elementary power inflicted by the homo-sapiens onto himself. Musically speaking, the listener's going to find complex Progressive rock, sometimes heavy, sometimes gilmouresque. The own personality of SOLAR PROJECT shines all along those four long tracks (Divided in various parts), one of them reaching half an hour. Without any doubt, this release will be one of the absolute highlights of the year ! In April 2007, SOLAR PROJECT has released its seventh album "Chromagnitude". This conceptual piece-of-work interprets the psychological power of colors, creating a journey into yourself in search for inner peace. Complex art-rock, sometimes heavy, sometimes under floydian influence, this perfectly describes the musical spectrum of that current production. The internationally known artwork magicians of BlackFlame accounted again
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  • Audio CD (April 27, 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Musea
  • ASIN: B000Q6ZUMQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,784,785 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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"Chromagnitude" is the seventh album from Solar Project, a German progressive rock group. On this album, the ever changing membership of the group is a quintet, a subset of that for the previous album. The original trio of Volker Janacek (drums and vocals), Peter Terhoeven (guitars) and Robert Valet (keyboards) are all still involved, and they are joined by Sebastian Jungermann (basses) and Sandra Baetzel (vocals, keyboards, and saxophone). When I first listened to this CD, I was a little worried that it might be overly imitative, but upon repeated listening, it is rather clever in the hints of Pink Floyd and other groups which appear.

The album opens with "Gray", a piece which establishes right off the influence of Pink Floyd and David Gilmour. It is the shortest piece on the album, and it draws on several sounds from Floyd's past, and yet it is also an interesting piece with some personal touches, which make it more than just a sound-alike effort. "Green" is next, the longest piece on the album, and it follows along in the same vein as "Gray", to the point where the listener wonders if it is too imitative. They seem to poke fun at how much they are taking from Pink Floyd at the end of the piece when they use a ping from "Echos", the astronaut style communications a la "Astronomy Domine", and the heartbeat from "Dark Side of the Moon" all together. It is this type of playful imitation which, for me, made the imitation fun and enjoyable instead of stale. "Red" is the third piece on the album a nice piece, which again has hints of Pink Floyd in it, though it is not quite as much that way as the previous pieces, until the very end that is.
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