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3.82 | 134 ratings

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3 stars This album is kind of a mixed bag, sometimes sounding like King Crimson, sometimes like the Moody Blues, sometimes like a blues-rock band. Gracious! did some of these things well, some not. Singer Paul Davis had a histrionic style with takes some getting used to. He reminds me of the singer of Rare Bird. The album's epic, Super Nova, was undoubtedly influenced by 21st Century Schzoid Man, but it is a pale copy. The treated vocals are too close for comfort, and the staccato mellotron sounds are jarring. Not a bad track, just a little derivative, and not half as menacing as it wants to be. The highlight of the album is On a Windy Day, a sweeping harmony and mellotron-laced ballad that would make BJH proud. Gracious! did pretty a lot better than they did scary. The other three songs are more groovy, especially the last track, which features some great droning riffs and a funky beat. There is a ton of mellotron on the album, which is a good thing, although there is more organesque lead playing, rather than sustained chords of string-mellotron. This is definitely B grade English prog, but still an album worth having if you can find it reasonably-priced, and better than the debut record.
Heptade | 3/5 |


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