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3 stars Prog down the acoustic path.

This is the seventh album from Guy Manning. The long album songs hints on Guy Manning going symph prog. To a certain degree, this is true. But instead of layer upon layers of electric instruments like keyboards and electric guitars, Guy Manning has largely gone acoustic. That and the reliance on acoustic guitars gives this album a pretty big singer/songwriter stamp all over it. Bob Dylan too had some pretty long songs, remember.

But Guy Manning has thankfully gone a more proggy route than Bob Dylan. The saxophone as a solo instrument is giving the music a melancholic flair. The songs too is proggy.

Guy Manning's voice is an acquired taste not everyone has acquired, I see from the reviews. It is pretty dominant on this album though with not that many instrumental parts. But the musicians is doing a great job.

The very long title track is divided into chapters and is a typical symphonic prog track. Although I am not entirely sure where the musical concept is here. There is no universal theme melody on this song. But it is still a good song. The rest of the songs are good though. I have to say this album is not the creative highlight of Guy Manning's output. But it is still a good album.

3 stars

toroddfuglesteg | 3/5 |


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