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Symphonic Prog

3.54 | 125 ratings

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Sean Trane
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Prog Folk
3 stars 3.5 stars max!

Although this album got two different releases one of them in German, the other in English, Grobschnitt is sounding less and less like themselves and more like English copycats. Sadly so IMHO, because the first two albums were definitely holding much promises. Don't get me wrong, here, the average proghead will still find very interesting and some more will consider this one and the following ones the apex of their career. Not false, either.

Only four real tracks, most sounding between Yes, Genesis and Camel and lacking enough personality that I cannot really get involved enough in this concept. The German-sung version does not fare any better IMHO and both versions are included on the Repertoire Record CD. All tracks are full of fine, subtle instrument interplay, constant changes, delicate vocals , everything a proghead wishes for. Only Clowns is rather weaker.

Maybe my problem is that I did not discover Grobschnitt at the time! If I had, I might be speaking about it in another way. I would recommend this album very much to progheads looking for alternatives to mid-to-late-70's Yes , Camel and Genesis. But if you are to discover the guts of this group, you might want to try the Solar Music Live album, which is easily the most essential of their album.

Sean Trane | 3/5 |


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