Courting The Widow (see review) - a vampire tale with 17th century atmosphere -, Nad Sylvan's fifth solo album , was one of the best prog rock albums of the year 2015. Now, two years later, singer, guitarist and keyboarder Sylvan is back with the follow up album called: The Bride Said No, which is an album that continues the exciting plot of Courting The Widow.
Playing along on the album are a couple of famous prog rock guest musicians like: Steve Hackett (guitar), Roine Stolt (guitar), Guthrie Govan (guitar), Tony Levin (bass guitar), Jonas Reingold (bass guitar), Nick D'Virgilio (drums) and Doane Perry (drums). So, a rather impressive list and the music on The Bride Said No is therefore even better than on Sylvan's debut. The amazing highlights of this remarkable album are: What Have We Done (featuring exciting and emotional guitar solos by Hackett and Govan) and the title track, being the longest song of the entire album. The song The Bride Said No is a wonderful magnum opus which clocks over 12 minutes and where you can enjoy Sylvan's amazing Peter Gabriel and Phil Collins - like vocals, shared with Tania Doko, and again an astonishing guitar solo from Hackett. The Quartermaster (powerful with great keys), When The Music Dies (rather melancholic), The White Crown (mysterious), Crime Of Passion (very melodic) and the utterly splendid A French Kiss In An Italian Café (with amazing guitar work from Hackett and Sylvan himself) complete this great prog rock album.
If you liked Sylvan's previous album, then you will love The Bride Said No, as it is a more than excellent retro prog album in the vein of good old Genesis!! Enough said, so buy or die!
***** Martien Koolen (edited by Tracy van Os van den Abeelen)
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