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IN THE LAND OF GREY AND PINK

Caravan

 

Canterbury Scene

4.27 | 1179 ratings

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DisgruntledPorcupine
5 stars A Canterbury Classic

Many people have complaints this album is silly. Of course it's silly. All Canterbury is silly. And if you enjoy Canterbury and have yet to hear this album, then you sure are missing out. This is Canterbury at it's best right here.

A description of the music: The album begins with "Golf Girl," a simple, happy pop track with catchy beats, catchy lyrics, and several flute solos. The lyrics are also quite humorous, but as I've said, that's what Canterbury is all about. "Winter Wine" starts off as a quiet, slow ballad, but emerges into another happy, catchy pop song. It has solos with various instruments and contains some skillful drumming. "Love to Love You (and tonight pigs will fly)" has a sort of pop Beatles sound to it. A rather uninteresting track, but not bad. The title track contains perhaps the oddest lyrics of the album. The vocal melodies are great and quite catchy and its another happy pop track. "Nine Feet Underground" is an organ-dominated epic with solos and jams left and right. Only a small portion of this song is lyrics and it's almost all instrumental. It still remains constantly entertaining.

PROS:

Musicianship: The flutes and keyboards are the highlights of this album. They both play great solos and present beautiful melodies. Richard Sinclair also presents amazing vocals on this album.

Lyrics: The lyrics on this album are humorous, odd, and abstruse. However, if you have a sense of humour, you'll love it.

Good pop: The first 4 tracks are prog-pop at it's absolute best. There is no shortage of catchyness and virtuosity in them.

CONS:

First 4 tracks somewhat similar: Not much more to say. The first four tracks all seem somewhat similar. Still, they are all great and fun to listen to (with the exception of "Love to Love You."

Song ratings: Golf Girl: 9/10 Winter Wine: 9.5/10 Love to Love You: 6/10 The title track: 9/10 Nine Feet Underground: 10/10

Recommended for: Any fan of Canterbury or anyone who is interested in becoming a fan.

My rating: 5 stars. The first 4 tracks are just about the best prog-pop can get and the final track is an amazing and constantly entertaining jam-fest. A very fun album.

DisgruntledPorcupine | 5/5 |

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