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Happy The Man


Eclectic Prog

3.87 | 208 ratings

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3 stars I was not aware at all that Happy The Man was the band of the 70s. I only knew the band around the year 2000 when I was involved in local classic rock radio station where I met many friends who know better music than me. Then I knew the name without tasting the music until a friend of mine lent his CD to me. I then understood why I was not aware this band in the 70s because the music is somewhat that I could digest right away. Nope! It's not that the music is quite complicated but it's more to how I can understand it. And then my friend told me that music is not necessary being understood ...just enjoy whatever it flows. It was kind of quite hard for me at first. But finally I could enjoy it in another way, using different context and different mindset. And you know which track that hooked me first? It's "Ibby It Is" the third track even though I can enjoy well "Morning Sun" which moves is spacey style. And then it moves nicely to "Steaming Pipes" with stunning guitar work and nice musical flow.

"Wind Up Doll Day Wind" is a track with vocal that starts mellow that somewhat reminds me to the classic era of Genesis. The song is basically driven by the keyboard as main beat keeper followed wonderfully with guitar solo. Even though it has repetition of chords but the song is quite unique in terms of style and composition. It continues with "Open Book" (4:54) that starts mellow in ambient keyboard work and slow tempo beats produced by the drums. There are interesting breaks throughout the music where drums stop to play its role. The music sounds like a traditional one and it gives good nuance to the track. "I Forgot To Push It" is really unique in style and it reminds me to the Canterbury scene. The album concludes nicely with "The Moon, I Sing (Nossuri)" that runs nicely in ambient and spacey mode.

Overall, this is a very good album that someone with knowledge of Camel, Genesis and some Canterbury music would enjoy it very much. Keep on proggin' ...!

Peace on earth and mercy mild - GW

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