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HINTERLAND

Wobbler

 

Symphonic Prog

3.79 | 256 ratings

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Menswear
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5 stars Did you saw that tv ad where a guy's drinking a Diet Pepsi, saying :' I'd like to kick it old school.' ?

When it comes to 'kicking it old school' there's many types of albums:

1) the bands who adore their idols SO much they downright copy every move of them; Glass Hammer being one of them. Results: a pastiche of the 'good ol' times'.

2) the bands who tooked some admiration for the work of past musicians, added a lot of their own stuff and finded a good balance between yesterday's sound and today's production; Anglagard being a good example. Results: fresh sound, nostalgia included...and Wobbler fits right in this category.

Wobbler is definitely doing it old school. Soaked in mellotron and vintage keyboards (litteraly, no kidding), they managed to blend a rather tormented kind of music and giving it a supersonic approach so you could almost believe this could be a blast from the past. It's litteraly a melting pot of the pentagonesque giants of prog: ELP, Yes, King Crimson, Genesis and Gentle Giant. This is not by any means a pastiche or a clone, it's simply a tribute album where you feel 100% comfortable with the fact that they carbon copy their musical heroes. And it goes so smooth, you'll see. They can go from mellotron a la KC and switch with ease to a tribute to GG vocals. Simply the best I've heard in many, many years.

Norway and Sweden are exporting a lot of their talents oversea, and with talent like Wobbler, all I gotta say is keep 'em coming boys.

To me, THE album of 2005.

Menswear | 5/5 |

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