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4.16 | 684 ratings

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5 stars In my oppinion this is THE best Caravan album, and in fact, one of my favourite albums of all time, (next to 'In The Court' 'Fuzzy Duck' and 'Mirage') Every song provides such an impact and I often find myself getting goosebumps while listening to the end of the final track, A Hunting We Shall Go, when all the strings come back in and join the 5/8 riff after the 4 minute long layed back part, its almost sounds like the brilliant score for an amzing movie that never was. Memory Lain, Hugh -Headloss is at all parts amazing. One of the best Caravan songs by far. With amazing sections, rhythms, and vocals throughout, it proves to be one of the few 10 minute prog songs that dosent lack in any way, no noodeling in this one folks. Hoedown is a fun little number. It enforces Caravans favorite meter, 7/8, and stays that way throughout the whole song, with an amazing viola solo in the middle. Suprise, Suprise is a great mellow song that owes dues to the likes of "And I Wish I were Stoned" and "With An Ear To The Ground" from If I could Do It All Over Again. Great hook and catchy chorus. 'The Dog, The Dog, He's at it Again' is a great peice of satirical canterbury style music with amazing harmonies, and a great middle section with a grooving bassline and synth solo. The long outro chorus uses a 'quod libet' technique, where many lines of music and words are song at the same time, and it still sounds good. (Medicine gone, it's coming on strong, etc.) The only track that stuck out for me was Be Alright/Chance of a lifetime. This track seemed kind of repetative, and with Ozzy sounding vocals on 'Be Alright', frankly I was a bit confused. Luckily it wasn't a bad piece, and Pye comes in later to save it with Chance of a Lifetime, a great minior key melodic song. The other stand-out track is of course C'thlu Thlu- An amazing peice of music and overall musicality. With a eary guitar riff and time signature, and creepy vocals, all which leads into a fun, swinging chorus provides such contrast that it makes you jump out of your seat. The middle section is also great in this song, and the best part is at the end when Richard Coughlin takes the beat down over 1/2 time and the band continues to do the riff over the backwards sound effects. Overall, this is an amazing album that captures Caravan at maybe not their most defining state, that which is 'In The Land Of Grey And Pink' but in my oppinion, their best state musically. An essential addition to any music collection.
colinpeterik | 5/5 |


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