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4 stars Harvest's "Underground Community" is a very nice album.

It consists of 13 tunes, none longer than 6:18 - no long epics or suites.

The female vocalist in places reminds me of the singer for The Cranberries (edit: or 10,000 Maniacs).

This is very "accessible" music, unlikely to elicit any funny looks from one's date.

It is still quite "proggy" in the instrumental passages, with strong guitar-work and keys and solid bass-support. The synth and electronic effects contribute dreamy atmospheres without being overwhelming.

The sound wanders fluidly from deceptively simple to hard-rocking to floaty-ambient to... all without any jarring transitions. In several spots I had to restart a track because I found myself asking "how did we get from the simple piano intro to this jamming section?"

I give this a solid 4 stars - not a must-have eternal masterpiece, but very nice to have in the collection, and safe to share with non-prog-fans.

(This is my first review, so... apologies as necessary )

powerclam | 4/5 |


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