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This full-length debut is sure to vie for the title of 2016's best.

It's always a pleasure to let a good friend hear a new band, and watch on as they sit in wonderment at what they've just experienced. The last time it happened to me was when I pressed play on the debut, self-titled EP from Dutch outfit Blueminded, then grinned broadly as my good friend (and Fireworks adviser) Paul Jerome Smith sat bolt upright, face agog at the glorious sounds that met him. Fair to suggest that I've been awaiting this full-length debut, 'Seize The Day', with bated breath.

Blueminded have certainly rewarded that patience. In place are re-mixed versions of the four impactful EP cuts; these immediate, hook-laden and memorable Pop-Rock-Prog offerings still as irresistible as the day they were first heard. 'All In One' bounces along on smart guitars and sparkling keys that remind me of eighties Yes, while 'Move On' illustrates the adult Pop Rock sheen this band do so very well. Cleverly in this longer format, Blueminded show a few more colours; an eighties Pop mix given a Progressive edge, resulting in a selection of slow growers which complement the catchier fare perfectly. 'Love Is Motion' brings the album to life; a jangle of early U2 guitars underpinning thrumming bass and Rob Rompen's honed, but honest vocal tones – he lands somewhere between John Mitchell (It Bites) and Morten Harket (A-Ha), which may sound like an odd destination, but boy is it worth revisiting time and again.

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Stretching the influence borders ever wider, the floating keyboards of 'See The Light' brings the collaboration of Jon and Vangelis to mind, although the chorus is much more fun-filled. Add in the more melancholic build of 'Lead Me', the pensive 'Dead Man Walking' and its eighties Saga vibe, and the sparkly brass-led, fret-less bass throb of 'Turn It In', and the manner in which Blueminded meld instant catchiness to intelligent Progressive-based themes really fires up the imagination.

The band who provided the best EP of 2015 have lived up to expectations. This full-length debut is sure to vie for the title of 2016's best.

Steven Reid

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