Progarchives, the progressive rock ultimate discography
Progarchives, the progressive rock ultimate discography
Manning - Anser's Tree CD (album) cover




Eclectic Prog

3.89 | 64 ratings

From, the ultimate progressive rock music website

Tarcisio Moura
Prog Reviewer
4 stars I agree with most reviewers here. This is surely a grower. It won´t grab you at first, but after repeated spins you´ll find an excellent concept work that holds probably Guy Manning´s 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 Anser´s tree would be a kind of folk oriented album since much of the songs deal with people from the past, but that´s 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. It´s hard to pigeonhole Manning´s music on Anser´s Tree and that´s something good.: it´s Manning´s own music. It sounds like nothing else, like it or not.

To fully appreciate this strong efford you should read carefully the booklet´s notes and lyrics. They will lead you through the story and clarifies the whole plot. As it is usual in Manning´s CDs, production, arrangements, cover art, etc, are expertly done. Of course some songs are better than the others, but there are no fillers. Highlights? I´d 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 that´s just a personal choice. All tracks are very elaborated and they all have their merits.

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

Tarcisio Moura | 4/5 |


As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Forum user
Forum password

Share this MANNING review

Social review comments () BETA

Review related links

Copyright Prog Archives, All rights reserved. | Legal Notice | Privacy Policy | Advertise | RSS + syndications

Other sites in the MAC network: — jazz music reviews and archives | — metal music reviews and archives