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Prog Folk

3.45 | 159 ratings

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3 stars This album starts off very well. 'Spring Song' sounds like it is setting up for some quirky instrumental prog along the lines of one of the tunes from the amazing 'Red Queen to Gryphon Three' album, but then about a third of the way through the tune it morphs into something that sounds an awful lot like Yes. 'Spring Song' ends up sounding like Gryphon's version of 'Close to the Edge'. Now CttE is one of the all time classic Prog songs so maybe this would be a good thing, But Yes already did it amazingly well and this really just sounds derivative. It is sad for me that a band with their own distinct sound decided for one reason or another to change it and decided to openly emulate another band. The album continues with more songs that sound like Yes (with a little Gentle Giant thrown in here and there) and very little of the characteristic folky woodwind instuments that we have heard in previous albums. This isn't a bad album and it's not even really a total copy like Druid, but none of the music really reaches out and grabs you.
digdug | 3/5 |


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