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GREENSLADE

Greenslade

 

Symphonic Prog

3.52 | 153 ratings

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ProgressiveMitch
2 stars As a person very interested in Prog Rock and trying to learn more about it, I came across this band, Greenslade. Greenslade seemed to have something, whether it was the engrossing cover (done by Roger Dean of Yes artwork fame), or the keyboard work done by Dave Greenslade himself. But looking into this I could not help but focus on a couple things. First, the vocals. One thing I noticed right away is that Greenslade was dramatic, maybe over-the- top in it's own way. But listening to the vocals by Dave Lawson was not very fun. Lawson does not seem to be a terrible singer, but he is over-the-top. He achieves this in several ways, by reaching notes he should not be reaching for, pitch changes, and dramatic effects that in the long run just don't work. Now, loving bands like Kansas and Gentle Giant, these vocals don't compare in any way. Much like Catapilla, the vocals are made annoying to listen to by dramatic effects. In fact I am not exaggerating when I say that I like the Instrumental song, English Western, better than the groups most famous song, Feathered Friends, because of the length of Feathered Friends and it's vocals. Next, very little is done to keep the songs interesting. While listening to these songs for the first time, I got bored. The songs do very little to keep my interest. This may just be the vocals taking it's effect on me again, but I was not interested in these songs. Part of the problem, I believe is the approach to these songs. Songs like What Are You Doing to Me and Feathered Friends are given Rocking intros with Bass powered backrounds, but slow down to an unexpecting halt (not to mention the vocals start). In conclusion, Greenslade is an album that shows the potential of the group but does not deliver in being interesting or easy to listen to. But, as the rating suggests, not all people will hate this, these songs are far from terrible, and someone out there will probably like them.
ProgressiveMitch | 2/5 |

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