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Crossover Prog

3.44 | 6 ratings

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4 stars Twelve Sketches sounds like a clear homage to the wonderful 70's recording of Bo Hansson, so a categorization of Symphonic Prog wouldn't be too far off here as well. I wouldn't be surprised to read an interview with Jonathan Spruce and hear that he intentionally tried to create a follow-on album to those Bo Hansson classics.

To my ears, the similarity is really incredible, down to the organ playing as a lead instrument. Listened through that frame, I believe that anyone who loves those Bo Hansson albums (as I do!) will love this album, too. The general instrumental lineup is similar: softly fuzzed electric guitar, bass, drums, flute and of course that marvelous organ right up front and center. A few songs have harder electric guitar (but still mellow), and some acoustic guitar. A touch of mellotron-flute, and a bit of strings in places.

The album has a nice sense of space without being overly reliant on effects and reverb, with clear and non- reverberant drums. It's a classic early 70's progressive sound that I always find tangentially related to early Pink Floyd (like a distant cousin), and it's really lovely to listen to. This is an easy-listening progressive album.

I'm not going to pore over every song, but the first several could easily lost Bo Hansson tracks, as could several later tracks. The fourth song, Wooden Rainbow, brings in a nice ostinato acoustic guitar. Feast of Bread brings in a flute mellotron sound along with the guitar, and it's quite nice albeit very short. Restless Slumber really does feel like a sketch, but it's also short.

Summary: I loved it! I've rated this as high as some of the Bo Hansson albums in my collection, and it serves a similar place in my listening rotation. Pretty prog music that works well for a foggy or rainy day, or as music when I'm working. Definitely a happy sound. I look forward to more from this composer!

dsbenson | 4/5 |


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