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3.78 | 92 ratings

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Tarcisio Moura
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5 stars After hearing the brilliant Songs From The Bilston House, I felt the urge to go back to Guy manningīs discography and revise some concepts I had about his earlier works. However, I was also too tempted to listen to his latest CD, Ten. Considering the high quality of the previous yearīs efford, I felt that Ten,. done by the same team of musicians that worked so well on Songs... (plus some guests) could be of the same caliber. Fortunatly, my intuition was right. In fact, Ten is in some ways even better than SFTBH.

First of all Iīve got say I donīt agree with another recent review at all. Although 70īs Jethro Tull is an undeniable influence on some tracks, saying JT is all over the CD is going way too far. If anyone cares to give the CD a little careful atention, heīll find that Manningīs music here is not only a labor of love, but also a fantastic mix of different styles of music put together to come up with something that becomes of its own (after all, who is totally original? Everybody has influences!). And Guy Manning did it in a inspired and well crafted way, putting together classic rock, celtic folk, symphonic prog and jazz in a creative manner. Some moments are truly brilliant, but none is bad or even weak. All the tunes rate from very good to excellent. And on at least two ocasions, they reach a truly transcendental beauty (more aout it below)..

The arrangements are very tasteful (I really love the way he uses the late 60īs/early 70īs styled Hammond organ). Not a single note wasted here, everyone and everything work for the music. Itīs one of the most balanced CDs I heard in a long time. So while I like to hear this masterpiece from start to finish, two tracks are simply too good not to be mentioned: the ethereal, poignant, Valentineīs Night (with its delicate melody and great duet vocal by Manning and Julie King, truly magnificent) and the albumīs biggest moment: the 15 minute epic House On The Hill. Itīs the albumīs track-worth-the price-of-the-CD type. Itīs full of emotion, beauty and power, building up through many shifting moods and turns, until it reaches its climax that gives goose bumps everytime I reach this point. Itīs the kind of song that seems only too short and makes you want to listen to it again and again and again (yes! This album has another prog classic).

Even though Manning himself claims he hasnīt īwritten my Dark Side Of The Moon yetī, it is clear that heīs heading towards the right direction to deliver it. The man is releasing some of the finest works Iīve heard these days.. My final rating: something between 4,5 to 5 stars. Highly recommended to anyone who loves good, inspired, melodic music.

Tarcisio Moura | 5/5 |


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