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Happy The Man


Eclectic Prog

3.87 | 265 ratings

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3 stars I'm not a happy man: 6/10

HAPPY THE MAN's debut perfectly defines complexity and ambition. It features several instruments, almost like an orchestra, and the album has a distinct influence from jazz that is sagaciously blended on rock elements in a way it can't properly be described as jazz fusion . It also features an experimentalism typical of the progressive genre.

Three things are to be noted on this album: the first is that the highlighted instruments are the keyboards and wind instruments and the second is that the keyboards' preponderance brings HAPPY THE MAN on the verge with space rock. The lack of psychedelia and distortion on the instruments, as well aforementioned jazz's characteristics, prevents from it doing so. Oh, the third one, you ask? Man, look at those song names! Now THAT'S how you make someone interesting on lyrics. Seriously, I want to know who's Stumpy and Firecracker and where is that Stencil Forest.

However, those features don't save the album from being overall uninteresting. None of the tracks stuck to my head after listening to it, and I wasn't impressed by the elements featured in pretty any all tracks. Overall, HAPPY THE MAN is an average record. I would recommend it for people that like old prog but have nothing new to listen to, but nothing more.

Luqueasaur | 3/5 |


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