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ANSER'S TREE

Manning

 

Eclectic Prog

3.91 | 48 ratings

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Tarcisio Moura
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4 stars I agree with most reviewers here. This is surely a grower. It wonīt grab you at first, but after repeated spins youīll find an excellent concept work that holds probably Guy Manningīs most ambicious prog work ever. Every track is a mini epic on its own and should be judge separately, such are the many shifts and turns the music goes throughout each tune. I thought initially Anserīs tree would be a kind of folk oriented album since much of the songs deal with people from the past, but thatīs not really the case. Sure, there is lots of folkish stuff here but there also jazz, rock and symphonic prog influenced parts all over the place. Itīs hard to pigeonhole Manningīs music on Anserīs Tree and thatīs something good.: itīs Manningīs own music. It sounds like nothing else, like it or not.

To fully appreciate this strong efford you should read carefully the bookletīs notes and lyrics. They will lead you through the story and clarifies the whole plot. As it is usual in Manningīs CDs, production, arrangements, cover art, etc, are expertly done. Of course some songs are better than the others, but there are no fillers. Highlights? Iīd pick up Jack Roberts, a brilliant song with great keyboars, flute and sax solos, while progheads probably will favor the complex, 14+ minute William Barras. But thatīs just a personal choice. All tracks are very elaborated and they all have their merits.

Conclusion: Manningīs boldest and most progressive work Iīve heard so far. This a labor of love and again no small detail seemed to be overlooked. Very well craft. Anserīs Tree is an excellent addtion to any prog rock music collection. Highly recommended.

Tarcisio Moura | 4/5 |

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