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Symphonic Prog

3.81 | 316 ratings

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2 stars WOBBLER are one of a host of bands helping to introduce a new generation to the sound of 70s prog. You may or may not think this is a good thing - if not, then stay away. Otherwise, you might wish to venture here for a listen - if you like your songs to have an insipid and meandering sound.

Let's begin with the insipid: the vocals are sub-Camelesque. The voice should be an instrument, but WOBBLER use it as a stultifying blanket. Their attempt to sound like GENTLE GIANT (at around the nine-minute mark in the title track) is embarrassing. Likewise, the keyboards buzz and swirl like bees in a dustbin. There is a reason why the sound of 70s synths has largely been abandoned, and you will be reminded of this should you try this album out. There is some nice mellotron, but mellotron always sounds nice.

On to meandering. The title track runs for 27 minutes. Oh dear. It seems far longer. Requisite in the composition of an 'epic' is a strong motif or two: in the absence of such, a song putters on from minute to minute. This putters like a gaggle of octogenarian golfers. There isn't anything resembling compositional strength here.

The best I can say for this record is that it is pleasant in parts.

russellk | 2/5 |


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