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Lyrian - The Tongues of Men and Angels CD (album) cover




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3.64 | 28 ratings

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4 stars Oh, what a wonderful album - especially for fans of Gabriel-era Genesis. I hear traces of other bands as well. Take the first long track, Three One-Eyed Gods: The mellotron is quite crimsonesque; later on, the sound of the keyboards get me thinking of Eloy and then the guitar sounds close to the edge of this formidable track strongly remind me of Yes' Soon. At the beginning of Sick Roses, Gryphon come to mind (no wonder, when the label is called Medieval Records). But the mood is definitely Genesis. Admittedly Peter G. is a much "better" singer, but the - in a lovely way - quirky vocals only add to the charme (well, not for my wife ;-} but for me!). And you can easily check if these work for you on Bandcamp.

So, this is a very retro affair as you might have guessed from the above but that is very fine with me as, all great news music aside, the 70s are my favorite eta, prog-wise. And Lyrian don't copy or steal songs, they re-emulate the spirit, so to speak. Lots of melodies, great arrangements and, er, it's a concept album, too ;-)

madcap68 | 4/5 |


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