"Three years ago, Silhouette presented its debut album A Maze. The potential and ambitions of this Utrecht based band were put cleary to the forefront, but the band missed some experience to make a top class product by then. After listening to only a few minutes of Moods, you can already conclude that Silhouette has advanced quite a lot in its develepment. Wow, this sounds really cool. Not only is the sound is rich and warm, the band also plays more closely together and more self confidently than ever. The Silhouette musical style has not changed, and is still pure sympho. The synthesizer solo's and melodic guitar solo's keep jumping out of the speakers. A certain comparison can be made with the Dutch band Leap Day. While the Frisian band however, emphasises the excellent string-works by Eddie Mulder, with Silhouette this is more with the flashy keyboardwork of Erik Laan. Perhaps this is not to be wondered, as Knight Area's keyboardist also did the mixing and mastering of the album. Also the guitar playing by Brain de Graeve strongly contributes to the symphonic sound of the group. The playing-togehter by guitars and keyboards will arouse a light sense of exitement by many Genesis-fans. Not that we can conclude that we deal here with a band that wants to follow the footsteps of our famous friends, but it is clear where the members of the band have been inspired by. This could also have been Mangrove or Knight Area. The last band however scores a little bit higher with the singing. In Silhouette, three of the band members do lead singing parts. They do this well, but a singer of the caliber Mark Smit might have added value. We are not going to complain about it, after all there is enough to enjoy. Any doubts that A Maze might call up, is history after the 80 minutes pure prog-joy of Moods."
RATING: VETTE KRENT (Highest recommendation)
"An excellent surprise which fans of neo-prog will appreciate."
"The music reminds me strongly of early Marillion, in addition, of their compatriots of Knight Area. Besides guitarist and singer Brian de Graeve has a suspiciously similar voice as Mark Smit (Knight Area). Drummer and second singer Jos Uffling sound somewhat more independent and deeper. The two voices. however, complement each other excellently. The keyboard arrangements are very vintage oriented and have likewise this Knight Area touch. In addition, is not further amazing, because no less than than Gerben Klazinga took care of the mixing. Uebrigens likewise still sings Keyboarder Erik Laan with a piece, whereby we then already find 3 vocalists in the pot. Moods became a concept album that Brian de Graeve is appropriate for a written history of the guitarist to reason. Perhaps 78 minutes playing time is a bit too long. On the other hand one receives again very much quantity for the money required. Result: A further interesting neoprog album with lots of vintage keyboards. Either you love it or hate it.
Recommended listening: The magnificent opener Concert Hangover, the bombastic epos Unreal Meeting, the instrumental title track or Another Bedtime story with Aldo Adema (ex-Egdon Heath, Seven Day Hunt) making a small contribution."
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RATING: 4 out of 5 stars
"8 out of 10"
"Second album from Silhoutte from Utrecht and it is obviously a lot to let out as the album last for 78 minutes divided into 12 tracks. The music of Silhouette is close to Galleon, Mangrove, IQ, but also Genesis around “A trick of the tail” is a fair reference. “Moods” is a much better album than their firstborn, which struggled with a low budget production, and the songs also are more driven and worked on this time. The interplay between the musician is also more defined, and with 3 vocalists who all of them sings very well with a positive impact on their music. The theme is based on a story written by Brian de Graeve, and the production by Gerben Klazinga. He has created a rather elegant and lush sound which suits the band. A sound reminiscent of neo, as well as 70’s vintage instruments and attitude, but written in a modern, melodic composing style. The before mentioned Gerben Klazinga is by the way member of Knight Area, and, here and there he “sneaks in” elements from this band as well. This enriches the music even more as Knight Area has much to share when it comes to melodic, distinct prog. Erik Laan delivers plenty of sonic pleasure with his keyboard arsenal, and is often quite exciting to listen to when he paints different sonic landscapes. The music has few sharp edges and we suppose they prefer to keep down on rougher moments. The album is definitively a work for those who want melodic music towards neo, and also for the one’s who like well played music with focus on well clinging melodies. "
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