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Anthony Phillips


Symphonic Prog

3.10 | 65 ratings

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4 stars Another (along with Back To The Pavilion) extraordinary example of a genuine concept album under the rubric of Private Parts & Pieces. Moreover, unlike Back To The Pavilion, this one is modestly, almost beggarly performed by acoustic guitar (mostly soloing), some electronic percussion (mostly pre-programmed) and some simple (if not primitive) synth passages, i.e. the instrumentation is overall quite minimalist if not poor. So, no idea how this album manages to make an impression of complex and sophisticated concept work. But it does. It really makes such an impression. For example, Arboretum Suite in four parts is not even camouflaged as a genuine sympho prog epic, it's performed as a bunch of guitar exercises... but perceived as an epic. Of course the album cannot be considered a masterpiece, but it's unique in its own way.
proghaven | 4/5 |


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