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SLOW DANCE

Anthony Phillips

 

Symphonic Prog

4.18 | 122 ratings

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Moogtron III
4 stars This album is one of Ant's very best. The music is soundtrack-like, like it's predecessor Tarka (Tarka was actually meant to be a soundtrack). There's no singing on it: the music is a mix between electronic instruments (synthesizers) and acoustic instruments like oboe, trumpet and harp. A mix between keyboard oriented rock and classical music, though Slow Dance has more emphasis on electronic music than Tarka. The record is not unlike " 1984" , though that album suffered from a rather cold, sterile sound. SD sounds warm, and although the music is purely instrumental, it never gets boring. There's a lot of adventure in the compositions, several time changes, and a very original attitude to the use of synthesizers alongside strings and other acoustic instruments. Don't expect any library music. Ant has written a lot of that, but this album showcases far more interesting music. I think this record is quite underrated and is in no way inferior to acknowledged masterworks like The Geese And The Ghost and Trespass (you know, Trespass, Genesis' second album; Ant Phillips was playing the guitar on that one; he was important for the band in those days; I'm insulting your knowledge right now by mentioning this, aren't I?). If you've got a taste for subtle, but interesting instrumental music, than I can recommend this one. It has some of the best melodies and harmonies written by Ant, and the production is flawless and organic. Do yourself a favour, and try being an archaeologist: wipe off the sand from this artefact, will you?
Moogtron III | 4/5 |

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