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OT Räihälä
4 stars It is a bit harsh to bundle these two albums together in one review, but since this compilation is how I've acquainted myself with the fantastic art of Gnidrolog, then let it be that way.

As a few others have said, the first half - meaning In Spite of Harry's Toenail (what a silly title, although forgivable because of its background) - is a very good collection of works, if a little weaker than the latter half. The band really were into their thing, and clearly inspired by i.e. Gentle Giant and perhaps King Crimson.

The opening Long Live Man Dead is perhaps the best of the first six tracks, which make a good but somewhat incoherent whole. What I like most about Gnidrolog is their uninhibited way to build the songs. Where there's a need for a sudden change of climate, let there be one!

The other half of the compilation consists of the album Lady Lake, which is Gnidrolog's undisputed masterpiece. There are no weak tracks on it, and I Could Never Be a Soldier, and Social Embarrassment are absolute classics. The line-up changed a little between the albums, and this shows. The team behind Lady Lake is definitely tighter unit and in the meantime more imaginative. The Goldring twins are obviously still the bosses in the band, but John Earle's singing on Social Embarrassment is simply fantastic.

All in all, these two Gnidrolog albums-packed-into-one are one of my all time favourites among the genre that is called eclectic prog. Strongly recommended!

OT Räihälä | 4/5 |


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