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Canterbury Scene

4.30 | 1819 ratings

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5 stars A powerful masterpiece of Progressive Rock! Its subtle and relaxing sound will send you drifting to an isolated desert island resort at first listen!

I like this album very much, the energetic yet mellow sound that Caravan makes in this album is very relaxing, not to mention the instrumentation is also excellent. One point of the instruments that I particularly like are David Sinclair's organ and piano playing especially in the track 'In The Land of Grey And Pink' where he delivers an angelic piano sound that gets me completely absorbed in the music, his breathtaking organ solo in 'Nine Feet Underground' makes those 22 minutes flows really fast! Pye Hastings' guitar works also did a very nice job in complementing the majestic organ plays, the bright-sweet sound that he makes with his guitar throughout the album are musically orgasmic! Other strong points are the wind instruments played at some parts in the album, while it doesn't sound as dominant as the guitar and organs, it provides a really beautiful sound that strengthens the overall atmosphere of the songs further, the flute playing is one of the best I've ever heard in Prog!

Now on to the bass and drums which serves as a solid backbone to the song, the rhythmic parts they made with it sounds really upbeat and catchy, a perfect complement for the masterpiece instrumentations.

Next is Richard Sinclair's subtle yet beautiful vocals that really suits the atmosphere given by the instrumentals. His vocal style are one of my favorites that makes me get into the 'Breathless' album by Camel which features him as the lead vocalist, and also both of the Hatfield and The North studio releases. When he sings, it really feels like you want to listen to him to the end, it really gets me into the music whenever the vocals came out.

For the track list, I'm impressed that there's no single weak track on this album. All of those are powerful and very well composed tracks, my personal favorite is the title track 'In The Land of Grey and Pink' and 'Nine Feet Underground', again, because of the keyboard and organs. Its also a big plus that Caravan plays really naturally without trying to show-off at all, it certainly sounds like they play music because they truly love it. And the result is a solid masterpiece of Prog music, a prime example of what Prog should be, really addictive and enjoyable, with great instrumentals, vocals, and masterfully-composed song pieces. Therefore I gave this album a strong 5 star, they really deserved it.

vermilion_helix | 5/5 |


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