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Glass Hammer

 

Symphonic Prog

3.91 | 256 ratings

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I'm confused; it feels like an Abbott and Costello film. I my memory, Glass Hammer had a style on it's own (yeah right!): they had their Lord of the Rings period, their Jesus Christ period, their Romantic/ Chamber Music Period, their Pop Period and so on...Never I witnessed such a difficulty to stick to a crew and to find a definite niche.

I'm sorry, it's true! They like Yes. They really, really, really like Yes. So much that I officially never heard something so close to a lost Yes album (Relayer\ Close to the Edge period). Oh my, the prodigious vocals! Jon Davison wins the award for best supporting Actor in the progressive rock category. Have you ever heard such a great impersonnation? Even with Yezda Urfa or the great Starcastle in comparison, Glass Hammer dethrones the king.

And this is where it fails. I love Yes, and I love Glass Hammer. But not today.

You guys (Babb and Schendel) have a God given talent: both of you make excellent, no, superior material. But you chose to use it to impersonnate something you idolise. You have a God given talent, but you keep making Relayer all over again....It's your choice. Feels like the guy who loves him mom so bad that his girlfriend is a lot like her. It's been seen many times, and it's a sad painting.

For the Yes fans out there who cannot get enough of the legendary band, this album will drive you bananas. It's a feast of Yes, a complete banquet of pure Yes, with scrumptious vocals and lushious keyboards.

For those who hoped a return to the basics, well duhh.

Hence the teennage schoolgirl yelling: ''Hey, if you like Yes so much, why don't you marry them?''

Menswear | 3/5 |

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