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    Crea (another Swedish newcomer)

    CREA is a four-piece act hailed from Linkoping, Sweden. The line-up includes: Peter Gren (guitars, E-bow & lead singing), Nicke Bjerke (bass), Sonny Johansson (drums / percussion), Anders Karlsson (keyboards & b/ vocals). In early 2019 these collaborators present a debut CD 'Dwarves & Penguins' to demonstrate their assimilation of various musical strains and show song-writing skills. Now I am just going to describe as many as I can. The set begins with adventurous track ‘The Marsch Of Penguins’ full of instrumental meanderings. In some respects, this spectacular jam is reminiscent of Gamalon (to my ears, at least). After such an attention-grabbing opener, the things switch into mellow ‘Some Of Us’ to feature very characteristic neoprog atmosphere. Whilst the vocal delivery might be comparable with Martin Wilson (Grey Lady Down), the guitar passages share a kinship with elegance of Steve Rothery (Marillion). Besides, the keyboard courtesy, convincing bass and precise drums are prominent in the mix. Oddly enough, the next cut ‘Shattered Vision’ has a musical structure evoking memories of the British new wave. The similarities to Duran Duran and OMD are detectable, but the common approach isn’t a real carbon copy. The follower ‘Second Thoughts’ hangs close to Simple Minds territory. The diversity fest continues with ‘Millenium’ which segues into a ballad-like palette. Next up, stunning ‘The Marsch Of The Dwarves’ that displays the band’s orchestral wealth. The gorgeous chapter ‘Walk Into Bright Lights’ sounds like it would be a lost GLD jewel. It perfectly combines the powerful aspects and the fragile elements. The entire album reaches its ending with ‘Barbarossa’, fluctuating from hypnotic echoes of Ontofield to soft melodicism a’la Tears For Fears. This composition twins and turns, staying intriguing all the way through. Yet again (as always before), delectable guitar performance is heard at the right places. To sum, I'd say that 'Dwarves & Penguins' is a good debut CD with plenty of interesting moments. Once you unpack and then actively listen for each component woven into the fabric of this offer, additional details appear and overall appreciation grows. So folks… Just take some time to discover another Swedish newcomer and appreciate their debut release. It may not be the most innovating work. But who cares, indeed?

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C2LX4almARU

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    A short update. Crea had reached a distribution agreement with the subdivision of Sony Music (Sound Pollution) which will include the re-issuing of their first digipack. A very rare occurance for any combo who just arrives on the prog scene.

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    Reviews of 'Dwarves & Penguins' starting to show up.

    http://www.melodic.net/?page=review&id=133218&fbclid=

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    Quote Originally Posted by John Watt View Post
    I don't agree with this review. He talks about Marillon more than Crea.
    And then he puts down his own four out of five saying he can't give 3.75...
    His only big commendation is the guitar player because he reminded him of the guitar player in Marillon.
    I was surprised to find out Crea has been around since 1988.
    Progressive or not, that makes them a very real and successful band for me.
    No... more than just being a band, these men are true musical friends.

    And all you have to do is compare this review to what Prog Head said at the start of this thread,
    and I'm thinking the reviewer didn't really listen to the album or didn't listen to all of it,
    because Prog Head says more than ten times as much.

    A Cree native visited me this weekend, coming back for a guitar lesson as a friend.
    That's as close to Crea as I can get from here in the Niagara Peninsula.
    Thank you John Watt for both comments on a Crea thread. Although we have to remember that different people use to have different opinions.
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    For those who understand a Dutch language. If you can't, simply try to use Google Translate.

    https://rockmuzine.nl/2019/02/14/crea-dwarves-penguins/

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    After the success of their first album, CREA have decided to create a successor to the debut. Set to be released in 2020.

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