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Blueminded - 2016 Seize The Day

ARTIST: Blueminded
ALBUM: Seize The Day
LABEL: Self Released
YEAR: 2016


LINEUP: Rob Rompen - lead vocals * Jorgen Koenen - guitars, backing vocals * Franco Millevoi - bassguitar, backing vocals * Loek Aalders - keyboards, backing vocals * Sander Korff - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Love Is Motion * 02 All In One * 03 Life * 04 Move On * 05 See The Light * 06 Love Can * 07 Have It All * 08 Lead Me * 09 Dead Man Walking * 10 Call On Me * 11 Turn It In * 12 Seize The Day



Back in 2014, Dutch band Blueminded got a brief mention at GloryDaze thanks to their pleasant four-track EP which crossed my desk. This time the lads return with a full-length album and we're only too keen to take a listen and write a few words about it.

The Songs
The four tracks from that EP have been bolted on here ('All In One' , 'Have It All', 'Call On Me' and 'Move On') and as they've been written about previously, I won't cover them a second time. Of the remaining eight tracks, Blueminded combine a lite AOR and crossover prog style, something other Dutch bands have done previously to great effect. 'Love Is Motion' features some fluid keyboard and stirring rhythms which will have your toes and finger tapping away. 'Life' is an example of that crossover prog thing I mentioned. It's a dreamy number, so too 'See The Light', though the chorus on the latter wakes the song up like an alarm clock. It's much the same for 'Lead Me', the restraint shown on the verses opens out on the choruses like a dam break. 'Call On You' and 'Turn It In' are good, racy numbers with a few twists, but the majority of the album didn't convince me enough.

In Summary
Apart from a handful of tracks, 'Seize The Day' plays it too safe overall. I would've preferred to have heard more energetic songs. The predictable slow-mo verses converting to faster choruses is all too apparent and offers no real song structure variation, as many of the songs suffer from this approach/delivery. If this was pitched as a prog album they might get away with it, but not as an AOR or melodic rock effort. A reasonable CD with good musicianship, I give this a 7.

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