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Glass Hammer


Symphonic Prog

3.75 | 176 ratings

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1791 Overture
3 stars Retro-sympho-whatever prog that has no pretensions of being anything but. Yes is the dominating influence, with a lot of motifs being taken straight out of or highly reminiscent of the prog giant's triumvirate of prog albums (Close to the Edge, Tales from Topographic Oceans, and Relayer). The bass and drums are more static that in a lot of prog, and perhaps too high in the mix for what they offer, but the melodic guitar and keys always keep things interesting, and the pacing of the album feels just right - not a bad way to spend an hour, if you're into this sort of thing. I've heard some complaints about the vocals, and they might be valid as far as raw talent, but the writing for the voice lines is pretty well developed.

A safe bet if you want a recreation of peak Yes and to a lesser extent ELP - this is probably the moment in Glass Hammer's discography that is least likely to disappoint. If you demand innovation, it's not for you, but that doesn't detract from it being a strong album.

1791 Overture | 3/5 |


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