Novalis - Vielleicht bist du ein Clown? 1978 Germany
LP issues/reissues: 1978 Brain (Japan); 1981 Brain
CD reissues: 1998 Repertoire; 2007 SPV/Revisited; 2007 Belle Antique (Japan mini-LP)
Once hearing Vielleicht bist du ein Clown?, you'll realize this is where Novalis has been heading for some time. They were never the most complex and densest of writers, and most of their compositions were rather straightforward. But they had a tendency to drench it heavily in dressing, giving it more of a superficial progressive rock feel. Where Novalis shines is their ability to write beautiful melodies, along with very pleasant instrumentals. So it was only logical the group would eventually trim the tree so to speak, and get down to their core competencies. I'd even argue this is stronger than their last recognized progressive rock album Brandung. Of course, Novalis are now on the slippery slope to commercialism, and have started to become more irrelevant to the average progressive rock fan. But this one is a nice transitional album. Better than most that tried during this era.
I first found this album in a dusty old used record store in west Dallas in the 1980s, a no-go ghetto area back then. A surprising find for the area, but unfortunately I was quite disappointed with the initial impression and sold it. So it's nice to obtain the CD again, and appreciate the album on its own terms, rather than the ones I dictated it must have.