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TIME AND TIDE

Greenslade

 

Symphonic Prog

2.93 | 97 ratings

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SouthSideoftheSky
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Symphonic Team
3 stars Doldrums

Generally considered to be Greenslade's weakest album (at least of the first four, before the long break until the comeback in the year 2000). It opens with Animal Farm, obviously after the famous novel by George Orwell, which is one of its weakest tracks. Newsworth is somewhat better, but still not too impressive. The bass lines are the best aspect of the song. Time, Tide, and Catalan are three instrumentals that form a little suite. Time is a medieval-flavoured a cappella number with wordless male vocals (or rather not strictly a cappella since some faint harpsichord sounds can also be heard). Tide is an ambient piece foreshadowing Dave Greenslade's solo career. And finally Catalan is a more upbeat number in the style we are used to from Greenslade's earlier efforts. This is clearly also one of the highlights of this album (though the version featured on the more recent live album The Full Edition is in my view better than this original studio version). Again, the bass guitar stands out.

The Flattery Stakes is like the opening two songs another Pop Prog number not unlike the style of Kayak. Waltz For A Fallen Angel is not a Waltz actually, but rather a bluesy number. This in not much to my liking, but it leads straight into The Ass's Ears which is somewhat better. The latter actually sounds very much like Rush to me with shrill vocals and heavy, intricate bass lines, and strong drumming. Though, of course, with more keyboards than Rush ever had.

The mellow Doldrums slows things down considerably and the male "chanting" vocals from Time return, this time as backing vocals. I find it pleasant. Gangsters, another instrumental in the typical Greenslade style, finishes the album off in a nice manner.

Overall, I think that this album is not much below the quality of Greenslade's previous three albums. However, the style has changed somewhat away from Symphonic Prog and towards Crossover Prog which probably alienated a few prospective fans.

SouthSideoftheSky | 3/5 |

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