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AS THE WORLD

Echolyn

 

Symphonic Prog

3.98 | 228 ratings

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Tarcisio Moura
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3 stars If you ever wondered what Gentle Giant would sound like if they stayed together is the 90´s, then it might be something close to Echolyn´s As The World. The interesting thing about this american group is that they don´t sound like GG in the 70´s. Their music is modern and benefits a lot from the technological point of view. Still GG is the main influence here, so much you sometimes wonder if you´re not hearing Gentle Giant themselves (well, maybe with a new guitarrist and slightly different lead singer). Even some song titles are similar (All Ways The Same). Only the guitar parts are really not Giant at all, it has a more `Yes` feel to it.

Well, that said, I must admit this is not a copycat case. They simply seem to pick up the music GG left when they broke up and made their own. As a result, the CD is as intricated and demanding to the listener as any of the classic Giant´s stuff, especially by the time of Aquiring The Taste, or even more so. But if you listen carefully you´ll be quite rewarded. The music is complex, dense, but has good parts. You´ll have to listen to it several times to get used to. but once you get it, chances are you'll like it. They are very fine musicians, of course, but special attention must be given to their fantastic vocal harmonies. Production is also of high standard.

Recommended to anyone who likes good elaborated music.

Tarcisio Moura | 3/5 |

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