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The Nice


Symphonic Prog

3.48 | 99 ratings

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4 stars The Nice is definitely one of pioneering bands that later emerged as progressive rock. Even though I knew the band quite late later but I have to admit that the contents of its music influenced a lot on the further development of progressive rock music. Emerson, Jackson, and Davidson were musicians who formed the colors of rock music with their own style with many music experimentations. They dared to take different direction and followed their path to take up new challenge in redefining the pop music industry. They expanded their music horizon, sometime in late sixties, combining multitude of styles from classical, jazz, pop, rock, blues and created their own way and approach in music making.

This fourth album represents all the components of classical, jazz and rock blended nicely into one cohesive album which has become legendary now. This album is one of legendary prog albums with grandiose approach. The first part of the album comprises classical music influences while as the music moves forward to another segment there are heavy jazz and rock influences. One who really curious about early development of prog music must explore this album in deep and will understand how the major part of the style has influenced the music of Emerson Lake and Palmer. Yes, you might find this album lacks melody but your main focus should be on the composition and performance. The style also influenced what later came out with the only album by Refugee where Patrick Moraz joined the band replacing Keith Emerson and changed their name to Refugee.

If you really want to know how progressive rock was initially established, you should not miss this album. Keep on proggin' ..!

Gatot | 4/5 |


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