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HAPPY THE MAN

Happy The Man

 

Eclectic Prog

3.84 | 179 ratings

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poito
5 stars At first listening I wouldn't suspect that the band is American, except for a slight jazzy air in some of the tracks. Then you go to the literature and learn they grew up musically in Europe. Alas, that's it. If you never heard this band, you'll get a wonderful surprise, it was a major discovery for me. Their music is composed as for an orchestra, clean and precise as a clock, you mau hear the work by all instruments, it is subtle and full of corners treasuring beauty, you have to give it several turns to get it all. The mood in this eponymous album is high spirited, yes, happy, they honor the band's name, but still, it has solemnity wrapping it all. Such a near-impossible combination probably defines this as a major opus, only at the reach of great composers. To give you a hint, it has some resemblance to late 70's Soft Machine, Pat Metheny, Jean Luc Ponty. And for a debut is well above the average releases by those masters. I don't see much of an influence of the Prog Heroes they admitted in interviews. If they say so. Maybe, they just admired them. But that's good news for us because their music is original and fresh, even 40 years later!. There are two tracks with some vocals that can be skipped, and all others are instrumental?and perfect. It is a must have.
poito | 5/5 |

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