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The Enid


Symphonic Prog

3.62 | 88 ratings

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The Mentalist
5 stars The Enid were probably the only truly symphonic rock band that ever existed, and 'Touch Me' captures them in all their glory.

The album opens with a suite of four tunes called 'Charades' in which the band's many and varied influences can be heard. In this piece one can detect Renaissance rhythms in 'Cortege', Elgarian marches in 'Humoresque ; Chopanesque touches in 'elegy', and an outrageous Johan Strauss send up in 'Gallavant' --an astonishing piece which culminates in a strict Bach-like fugue that seems to be based on a Bruckner melody (or maybe it's the second movement of Mahler's 1st. . .who can tell anymore?)

The last track is called 'Albion Fair' and is another 20 minute extravaganza. This one shows some decidedly 20th century influences although they're hard to pin down. Walton's 'Portsmouth point' comes to mind.

At the end of the day, this is no mere "classical rock" album, just as The Enid were no mere "Classical rock" band. 'Touch Me' is a beautiful and witty synthesis of, well, of 400 years worth of musical history to be exact. With a frame of reference like that, it's no wonder they didn't really catch on.

The Mentalist | 5/5 |


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