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Split Enz


Crossover Prog

4.06 | 48 ratings

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5 stars What a remarkable album this is! I cannot still melt the fact that it is so gravely overlooked. This is a must have in every prognuts collection, right next to In the Court of the Crimson King and Foxtrot.

It starts with the majestic Walking Down a Road which pays resemblence to Genesis with quirky rythms and grand piano play.

Then you are introduced to the seven minute long Under the Wheel, the most bizarre and longesy track on the album with Phil Judd's ghostly vocals over a superb mellotron and acoustic guitars.

It gets rockier with Amy (Darling), at the start, a simple pop tune that ends in a fantastic virtuosity.

So Long for Now is the most Genesis-like track on the album and adapts Peter Gabriels theatrical side at it's best with whistles and funny singing.

Then we got Stranger Than Fiction, a mini epic in the same style as Under the Wheel, which tells the story of a mans life. A very strange but good track with excellent singing from both Judd and Tim Finn.

The piano ballad Time for a Change is next up and it's very beautiful. It's starts very mellow and slow, but in the end electric guitars and mellotrons take over the song giving it some more power.

The poppiest tune Maybe is very happy and makes you wanna go up and just shake what you got. Beautiful vocal harmonies and mellotron mixed with a simple tune repeated over and over again. It ends with a lalala-chorus, which is clearly inspired by The Beatles Hey Jude.

The acoustic Titus is the most folk inspired song on the album with good guitar and clavinet.

The manicaly riffing Spellbound is, like Under the Wheel, a very disturbing piece, but like the before mentioned, very good. Phil Judd's vocals are as scary as ever and the guitar solo by Wally Wilkinson in the end is just pure magic.

The record ends with the 30 second long title track with Phil Judds voice babbling nonsense til the end.

A very good record, well worth five stars. If you haven't heard it, GO BUY IT! It's well recommended, a hidden masterpiece in the progrock fauna.

(My grammar and spelling can be incorrect sometimes, I hope you don't mind, I'm swedish after all).

SplitEnz | 5/5 |


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