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The Quiet One
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2 stars Not a very nice Present from Dutch pals, Supersister

Supersister's debut, Present From Nancy, is a forgotten gem when it comes to technical musicianship; these guys right from the start in 1970, delivered some extremely demanding music which very few of the classic Prog bands could do at such an early stage. However, when it comes to composition and songwriting, there's a good reason why Present From Nancy has been forgotten.

The album can be splitted in two halfs musically: on one side there's the impressive, though unpleasant complex material, while on the other side there are some tranquil material reminiscent of the British Canterbury Scene, but rather forgettable.

When it comes to the impressive tunes from a technical point of view, these are Introductions, Present from Nancy, Memories are New, 11/8 and Metamorphosis. All of them showcase odd time signatures throughout and the ocassional dissonant bit to sound even more extreme than they already are. All of them are led by Ron's fuzzy bass and Robert's organ. Surely very innovative for the time, but that's really the only merit I can give them, overall they're very unpleasant tunes to listen to, they have zero meaningful ideas with the exception of the already stated time signatures.

Then, when it comes to the less freaky tunes which are Dreaming Wheelwhile, Corporation Combo Boys, Eight Miles High, Dona Nobis Pacem and Mexico, you'll find Supersister playing without their overdose of caffeine. With the exception of Mexico, they're all tuned-down tunes which recall Canterbury Scene's humor. While on these tunes Supersister didn't focus on the technical side of music, they still didn't manage to deliver any meaninful music.

As a conclusion, I'll just say that this album should be taken in consideration when it comes to innovative albums from 1970, but other than that I really can't say. It's neither a good introduction to the Canterbury Scene nor actually a good album per se.

2 stars: poor compositions with impressive musicianship to take in consideration.

The Quiet One | 2/5 |


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