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3.68 | 114 ratings

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4 stars Galleon is a band to introduce Prog to a friend that has never deviated from international Pop and mainstream music. I've only listened to a former album of this band, KING OF ARAGON, released in 95, and I was not very impressed. Have to say that the band has evolved positively in musicianship and creativity and remains faithful to their principles. Except for the guitar player, who is excellent, and should contribute more, the band members remain the same. They have not become instrument wizards with the years but they play well enough and they've gained notable skill in composing. The music has grown in interest, which I think it was the main weakness earlier. Now, they are more daring, though never get off the line. It is smooth mainstream neo-prog, after bands like Marillion and other hairs of mid 70's Genesis, with a slow floydian trip that sometimes gets tiring. No experiments, no surprises, simple and sincere work at the keys and the guitar, and an impersonal voice. There are no changes of tempo, instead they use ins and outs of instruments, a perfect combination of riffs at the guitar and the keys, and a good mastery of arrangements. The regular tempo is probably one of the reasons why themes don't hook up well in the long-term, but they are very agreeable. It is one of those albums that you mark for listening good Prog music without paying much attention, as for the background. Actually, if you do, you may feel that you've already listened to it somewhere else, The first CD (this is a double album) has no weak themes, all with distinct tunes and flavor. There are quite a few moments clearly borrowed from colleagues, such as in The Price, with almost copycat excerpts from Genesis, Marillion, John Cale. I don't know if they do it as a tribute or because of lack of creativity. The second album is a long 52 min epic bearing a strong social critique about the mankind's use of oceans, the lyrics is poorly imaginative and full of clichés (can be spared); the music isn't a 5 stars, but can be listened from start to end with very few dull moments, which is a major achievement for this type of compositions. Definitely, I will check more albums of this band.

poito | 4/5 |


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