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Anton Roolaart / Press

“Those with a fascination for vintage-style symphonic progressive rock of a more accessible nature should take note of Roolaart’s CD “The Plight of Lady Oona”. Layered, vintage keyboard arrangements in accessible compositions with orientations towards ballads and folk music are what you get here, with sparse use of dramatic effects and fairly smooth and elegant developments in general. If that sounds like appealing music to you, this is a CD worth taking a closer look at. 4.0/5.0 stars.”

“…Be that as it may, Mr. Roolaart is one talented chap. He has quite an ear for melodies, hypnotic ones at that, his arrangements and orchestrations are near perfect, and this well-produced album is a pleasant journey, one on which I will happily embark again and again. Fans of lighter Neo-Prog or Symphonic Rock will most assuredly embrace the fine collection of songs as much as I did. Bravo!. 4.0/5.0”

“If you enjoy the mellower sounds of bands like Camel and Genesis, The Plight of Lady Oona should be much to your liking. It really is a lovely slice of melodic symphonic progressive rock and fully deserving of 4 stars.”

“.... I have been very much looking forward to hearing this album. And I have to say, it was well worth the wait. Rather than do a detailed breakdown of the six GREAT tunes on this album I just want to use some of the same description I used in the Gravity review; You can hear the growth and maturity in the songwriting, arrangement and production. An amazing cast of musicians with rock solid arrangements and rock solid production by Anton and Rave Tesar. All the songs are varied, explore different musical areas and always keep you interested in where the song is going next (why I love progressive rock).....”

“Cet album d’Anton ROOLAART constitue un ravissement de tous les instants. Sa constante luxuriance instrumentale, son raffinement vocal, la puissance de son inspiration mélodique, la qualité et l’ambition des compositions rehaussées par des arrangements de haut niveau et une production sans faille en font une oeuvre de grande envergure. Ne passez pas à côté ! rating: 18/20”

“...Anton and his last album was considered as one of the best group an album from AUGUST 2014”

““(In French) Sept années après “Dreamer”, son premier album, très bien accueilli par la critique, le multi instrumentiste néerlandais Anton ROOLAART remet le couvert avec “The Plight Of Lady Oona”. Il en a composé tous les morceaux, qui ont été enregistrés aux USA et aux Pays-Bas. Anton ROOLAART vit depuis plusieurs années à New York. On retrouve sur ce deuxième album deux musiciens de “Dreamer”, le bassiste Vinnie PURYEAR et le claviériste Rave TESAR ( RENAISSANCE).”

“...Overall, this is an excellent release. I’ve seen a lot of reviewers call Plight “easy listening prog,” and while it might lack some of the intensity of more contemporary releases, it certainly isn’t in any way a dumbed-down or simplified piece of orchestration. To the contrary, Anton Roolart’s The Plight of Lady Oona is a complex album with considerable musicianship behind it. This is easily one of my favorite releases of 2014, and an excellent addition to any library – especially if you happen to enjoy melodic music that blends modern prog with the traditions of acts like Renaissance, Gryphon, and Aphrodite’s Child.”

“.... (In Dutch) Roolaart maakt gewoon de muziek die hij zelf mooi vindt. Het album biedt donkere sfeervolle prog die niet te zwaar op de maag ligt met daarin veel ruimte voor zijn kundige gitaarspel dat meestal omlijst wordt door smaakvolle toetsenpartijen. Roolaart is een oprecht muzikant die niet kost wat kost alles zelf heeft willen doen. Hij heeft net als op zijn vorige album een aantal, veelal bevriende gasten uitgenodigd op plaatsen waar de muziek dat nodig heeft...”

“Anton Roolaart is an artist that is completely different from any other writer or player I know. The fact that he has invented this sound from influential mentors, dreams, imaginative recollections or intuitions are the reasons we all hail the fight and glory of original music in the first place, and The Plight Of Lady Oona does all of this and more.”

“This is Anton's second full album release , the first being Dreamer some 7 years ago. This falls into that very melodic symphonic prog bracket occupied by the likes of David Minasian and Nick Magnus. Do not expect dark edgy music when you enter here but rather lush orchestral style arrangements adding guitars and synths with a measured calm approach. I've seen the term 'Dad Prog' banded about when describing this sort of thing but there is nothing wrong in my book with relaxing music. More the point is whether its actually any good? Americans would say ''Hell YES!!''.”

“The Plight of Lady Oona is an album that gives up its delights bit by bit, there is no instant gratification on offer here, if you are prepared to invest time in the music it will deliver a cornucopia of musical delights. Anton Roolaart is a name to look out for, my first introduction to his music has been an intensive and incredibly impressive one and, it won’t be my last. - See more at: http://www.ladyobscure.com/albums/anton-roolaart-the-plight-of-lady-oona/#sthash.PnjySZjx.dpuf”

“This is my 10th time listening to The Plight of Lady Oona, and it shows that Anton Roolaart is back to give the Prog genre a real jolt. With the lyrics on defining gravity, searching for a new beginning, and how life can be a mystery, it is a stunning yet striking welcoming return for Roolaart to see what he would come up with next.”

“.... In listening to Anton’s recently released single “Gravity” I hear the same characteristics that attracted me to his earlier work but there is also a substantial layer of growth. This tune still has the elements of “Pink Floyd” but with the modernistic production and “feel” of a Porcupine Tree tune. There are parts of the orchestral keyboard sounds and arrangements that will remind you of Yes, Genesis or The Moody Blues ~ guaranteed to satisfy proggers like myself that dig those big keyboard sounds. You can hear the growth and maturity in the songwriting, arrangement and production. I suggest everyone check this out! It sits well along side “Flying Colors” (reviewed below) in my iPod player. Kudos to Anton, I can’t wait to hear the completed album. Check out Anton’s website above and give a listen to the “Dreamer” album while you are at it ~”

"Simply put, Dreamer has made it's way past my "review" pile and comfortably sits on a cycle of frequently listened to discs. I lost the CD once as it made a seemingly harmless trip from my studio to my car. It was only absent for a day, but it was a day of panic. I cant be without this album, I'd buy it again and again if I ever did lose it. Very, VERY few CDs hold the same honor..."

".....Dreamer succeeds on so many levels, primarily by not only acknowledging the progressive greats of the past, yet by also remaining firmly entrenched in the sounds of today and more importantly with an eye towards the future as well. If you are a fan of progressive music in any shape or form, then I highly recommend you check out this very impressive debut."

"Refreshing and curious, Anton Roolaart’s new record on the Umbrello label and entitled Dreamer is an adventure in Audiophonic odyssey. Like following Alice down the rabbit hole, Dreamer is a magical mystery that only reveals itself as the listener follows its true path... This is definitely one of the year’s best albums..."

"It’s always a pleasure to review the debut of a Symphonic artist, but is a double pleasure when it’s a very solid album like “Dreamer”, because it makes us have hope that our beloved genre will keep evolving in time and it’s not doomed to oblivion as many other genres before Prog..."