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Symphonic Prog

3.95 | 306 ratings

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4 stars Echolyn is to Gentle Giant as Marillion is to Genesis: If there had never been a Gentle Giant, then Echolyn would have been Gentle Giant (at least, from Interview forward, and particularly the Missing Piece period); however, if Gentle Giant had never existed, then Echolyn would not exist. That said, I must say that I'm extremely impressed by this album. Indeed, between the creativity and the musicianship, I defy any true progger to come away from this UN-impressed. However, three things prevent my giving this album a fifth star. First, although the vast majority of the material is excellent, the band is not consistently successful in "filtering" GG into something truly new; some of it even has a sort of blase nonchalance. Second, although they clearly had fun with much of this, there is a "journeyman" quality to some (I said "some") of the writing and playing that makes it less than "immediate" and exciting. As well, some of the sections and segues sound "forced." And while the lead vocalist is good, he has almost no "charisma." Finally, unlike GG, these guys don't play their own string parts - most of which are actually quite good, and appropriate in the places they are used. All of that said, this album should impress even the most jaded progger, and deserves a place in all permanent collections. I look forward to hearing more of Echolyn's music.
maani | 4/5 |


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