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3 stars "When Earth Lets Go" is the 2nd full-length studio album by Norwegian rock act Gazpacho. The album is a self-released affair. The debut album "Bravo (2003)" attracted the attention of Marillion, who offered Gazpacho the support slot on their 31-date European "Marbles (2004)" tour which ran through 11 countries. Before going on tour with Marillion, Gazpacho opted to record and release "When Earth Lets Go", to have more material to chose from for their setlist.

The music on "When Earth Lets Go" more or less continue the semi-progressive rock style of itīs predecessor and as such it feels like a very natural successor to "Bravo (2003)". The warm, emotional and melancholic vocals by lead vocalist Jan H. Ohme are still the center of attention but the rest of the band also deliver a pleasant and warm backing. The music is predominantly mainstream vers/chorus structured and using the word "progressive" about the music might be stretching the definition of progressive rock a slight bit but tracks like "Snowman", "Put It On The Air" and "Substitute for Murder" do all possess innovative and slightly progressive elements. But itīs with emotional impact that "When Earth Lets Go" will hit the listener and not by adventurous ideas, and Gazpacho succeed well in laying the foundation for that impact. "When Earth Lets Go" is generally a very warm album featuring a melancholic atmosphere.

The musicianship are on a good level all around. The addition of a drummer since the debut (which featured programmed drums) provides the music with more punch even though this is rather mellow music for the most part. "When Earth Lets Go" features a warm and pleasant sound production to go along with the mellow atmosphere, so all elements suit each other.

Upon conclusion "When Earth Lets Go" isnīt much of a surprise if you are already familiar with the music on "Bravo (2003)" but itīs another decent effort by the band and there is enough development of the bandīs sound to call it a step up from the debut. "When Earth Lets Go" is recommendable if you enjoy warm, melancholic and emotional rock with some (few) references to progressive rock. A 3 star (60%) rating is deserved.

UMUR | 3/5 |


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