This is the second album of GROOVECTOR.
The Finnish group plays very well to the ears. It's a lovely sound,
very atmospheric sometimes, with a right balance between
guitars and synth, with the sax presence in some track.
The early CAMEL influence felt on the debut remains in the
keyboards of "Remember", but the organ break in
"Never Growing Old", is out of PROCOL HARUM's playbook.
A brief piano interlude is followed by a full on elegant melodic
lead solo by Rauli Viitala, who has begun the tune with strummed guitar.
The album continues strongly with the mystical "First Flakes",
just Risto Salmi's saxophone over expressively plucked acoustic guitar, with occasional wistful keyboards.
On "Rain On" the music grows from a lounge sound to a more intense rock-jazz: great! I think the bass player especially offers
a strong performance, like on "Your light" for example, maybe the most brilliant track of the album.
Really Groovector show that to play a good Progressive Rock
is no need of special effects, but of good technique and great
feeling among the musicians.
For the rest of the album, the group changes direction again,
one of the many surprises is the inclusion of vocals, which
suits the arrangements just fine.
released October 16, 2003
Line-up / Musicians
- Mikko Heininen: keyboards, 1st vocals
- Teemu Niemela: bass, 2nd vocals
- Kalle Aalto: drums & percussion
- Rauli Viitala: acoustic & electric guitars
- Risto Salmi: saxophones (3-4, 7-8)
- Seppo Tyni: guitars (5)