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Men Of Lake


Eclectic Prog

3.76 | 29 ratings

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4 stars While all of Men of Lake's full length albums are strong, Out of the Water represents the culmination of their efforts in the organ driven proto prog style. The keyboard dominated sound blended with judiciously used electric guitar reached its peak here, and the vocals for the most part shatter the Peter Hammill comparisons with their warmth and dedication to following the strong tunes presented herein.

The best tracks are all great, so even though the filler quotient is a bit higher than I would like, the gems like the romantic and ethereal "The Day We Met" and the anthemic "The Dark Little Figure" more than make up for it. The peak of the Men of Lake career has to be "The Perception of the Wind", an epic swelling with feeling and virtuosity. The passage that immediately follows each chorus is a prog rock epiphany, with its keyboard heavy underpinnings and minimalist guitar lead to accompany it. The contributions of the rhythm section , particular the bass player, are also worthy of praise.

The album closes with an almost Celtic sounding "Ballad of the Lake". This delightful song seems as a cheerful signal to the end of the original Men of Lake sound, as the following album, "Music from the Land.." is a more modern work less reliant on the organ. It is also worthy, but if you have come to Men of Lake via comparisons to the 1970s classics, this is the album to get first.

kenethlevine | 4/5 |


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