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5 stars 'It feels like walking through a masterpiece'

GAZPACHO's 'Night' album was my introduction to this Norwegian sextet and I was blown away. I rarely name an album a masterpiece, but in my opinion 'Night' truly is one of those albums that stun you from start to finish. How they have managed to create a new (and maybe even greater) masterpiece is beyond me. 'Tick Tock' is definitely one of the best albums to come out of Scandinavia in recent years.

'Tick Tock' reminds me of a mixture between RADIOHEAD, PORCUPINE TREE and PINK FLOYD (Dark Side of the Moon-era); it is a beautiful almost symphonic piece divided into four magnificent tracks which are all different in style, but incredibly cohesive as a whole.

The album starts with 'Desert Flight' which is uplifting in tempo. The guitar drives the track forward and gives it that extra 'kick' which makes a perfect album-opener. The tempo comes down again on the next track, 'The Walk'. An absolut beautiful piece of art which shows the best sides of Gazpacho where Jan-Henrik Ohme's voice and the well-written music almost hypnotizes the listener who cannot help but fall into trance. Amazing!

The title-track is a twenty-two minute long masterpiece of progressive rock music. It draws the listener into a whole other world, away from reality. Only the music and Ohme's haunting vocals exist. The track starts slowly, then becomes even slower and then it all comes to life again through the end of the first part (which last a little more than seven minutes) where the drums kick in only to draw out the tempo again a few minutes into part two. The tempo goes up and down and is beautifully held together by the voice of Ohme and the great musicianship between the orchestra.

The 'Tick Tock' track is the pick of the album, but it is unfair to point out parts of the album. This is first and foremost a unit where one track makes the next even stronger. 'Winter Is Never' is a short five-minute track which finishes the album off in style. It is a melancholic piece with beautiful lyrics which makes you gasp for more.

GAZPACHO have created a masterpiece which just keeps growing on you. It is a serious contender for album of the year and maybe even decade! I recommend 'Tick Tock' to, well... everyone.

Yoke | 5/5 |


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