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ASYLUM

Cressida

 

Symphonic Prog

3.53 | 108 ratings

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Tarcisio Moura
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2 stars As the second one goes, this is quite a deception, really. I was exspecting more after their ok debut. It seems that Cressida didnīt grow much since then. And remember, the year was 1971, with so many great things happening prog wise, it is a bit of a let down to think this band was still into 60īs pop psychedelia, (even if with some jazzy bits thrown in for good measure). Nothing wrong with the sound: organ, guitar, vocals. the musicians are quite good, but not particulary skilled or outstanding. The singer has a fine voice too. But their songwriting is definitly achilles heel. They tried to write two epics, but they seem unable to handle it properly, i.e. they lack the real competence to deal with such undertaking.

Of all the 9 tracks only the last one, the 11 minute Let Them Come When They Will moved me enough to make hear it twice on the first listening. After repeated spins it is still the only track that I think showed some real good stuff on it, but I can hardly call it an epic: it is more like several good bits put together in a long track. The last two minutes are the best, reaching a nice crescendo that got my atention. But thatīs too little too late. Small wonder they didnīt go too far after this one. The remaining tracks are nice, ok, but again it already sounded dated at the time and didnīt add much to the vast 60īs pop rock scene.

There are so many greater bands aroung that time that I can only recommend this CD to fans and collectors. 2 stars.

Tarcisio Moura | 2/5 |

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