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Canterbury Scene

4.30 | 1842 ratings

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4 stars This is an uneven record. It stood on teh shelf quite a long time before I really tried it on, so to speak.

By all means it is a great album, not a doubt. With some brightly shinging highlights. But, also a few more dim parts. To be honest it took me about a year before I got to appriciate it properly. But as it is now, I listen to it quite often.

The very source of my disbelif in this record comes with the opening track. Golf Girl seemed to me, a silly song. With close to patheticly simple Lyrics. But as I fought my way through the song, listening to the album, it grew on me. And actually, it is a charming piece of music. Very English.

The second track though, seized me instantly. Winter Wine is an amazing track, the vocal melody is by far the best on the album. The atmosphere is mellow, close to melancholic, but far from dull. The collaboration between music and lyrics, is probably what makes this track. This lights it all up.

Then the record slips, and the clouds gather, we're in for a downer. Love to love you is a bad track, enough said. The silliness from Golf Girl is found agian, but lacks the English charm. A track that pulls the album down, a little too much.

We skip the fourth track, not too much to say. Neither bad, nor great.

But then we make it, finally, the final adventure has arrived, le grand finale. Nine feet underground is, what it makes out to be: A venture towards the suburbs of the soil. Slowly we kreep through mud, filth, keyboards, guitars, rocks, tree roots, flutes and an amazing mix of all these elements. This makes up the near 23 minutes long musical odyssey. Truly a masterpice.

Within progressive rock, the epics make up an essential part of the genre, the concepts and the entirety of the records. In the land of Grey and pink lacks this. It is a straggling creation, with higlights and lowlights. Not my favourite record. The pop-elements, and the sometimes cheesy-ness of the songs fails in capturing me. But sometimes the hair on my arms raises and i'm caught! But still, a record worth owning.

meetmehere | 4/5 |


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