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Cliffhanger — Not to Be or Not to Be
(Musea FGBG 4213.AR, 1997, CD)

by Henry Schneider, Published 1997-12-31

Not to Be or Not to Be Cover artNot to Be or Not to Be is Cliffhanger’s second release and Musea’s promotional material raves about this band. However I find the music to be derivative of Genesis era Lamb/Wind and Wuthering. There are occasional moments of interest but Rinie Huigen’s nasal voice can be annoying as he tries to emulate Peter Gabriel. Cliffhanger does shine during its instrumental breaks with "Sewers" and "Ragnarok" featuring some excellent musicianship. The final song, "Moon," is a quiet four minute instrumental, yet on the CD it is 16:30. At the end of "Moon" there are 12 minutes of silence followed by two minutes of music that is more experimental and interesting than anything else on this CD. It’s one of those “Easter Eggs” you occasionally find on a CD. Cliffhanger is a band to watch. The extra two minutes of music and some scattered other moments demonstrate that this band that could successfully develop a style all their own.

Filed under: New releases, 1997 releases

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