The Full Moon Orchestra will reaffirm your faith in music.
Review by Michael Keith
On their latest CD, This Is Our Music, Belgium quartet The Full Moon Orchestra wastes no time making a striking first impression. The first three tracks, “Sunkawakan,” “My Babe’s Crying” and “Sequoia” are all attention-grabbers that keep you engaged. To be honest, I expected cheesy sing-songy acoustic pop that would be extremely shallow and predictable. What I discovered was actually quite the opposite. The whole album is wonderfully conservative yet full of positive acoustical energy. This is music that appeals to many different senses on many different levels.
The Full Moon Orchestra’s music is difficult to pigeonhole, but traces of Crosby, Stills and Nash, James Taylor and America are unmistakable. Touches of Americana and jazz influence pervade the album as well. The best part about FMO is that it makes no attempt to deliver what I call “over the top pop,” or sappy music via top flight sampling and cookie cutter songwriting. This is Our Music sounds like real music instead of a commercial jingle.
FMO appeals to both advanced and novice listeners alike. Whatever listening level you’re on – This is Our Music finds something to connect with everybody. Like a three-layered cake, FMO is one quartet that has a lot of depth and much to offer. Whether it’s musically, lyrically, inspirationally, emotionally, spiritually – if you feel like modern music is taking us in the wrong direction, then rest assured FMO, featuring Frank Rose Duffy, will bring you back in the right direction.
For more information on Full Moon Orchestra, visit their website at fullmoonorchestra.com or their Facebook page at facebook.com/fullmoonorchestra. Their CD is also available for purchase through cdbaby.com/cd/thefullmoonorchestra.