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Canterbury Scene

4.30 | 1829 ratings

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4 stars An overall good album, but with a few weak points. However, a band with Richard Sinclair singing can hardly go wrong with people who like more relaxed, mellow music.

The greatest thing about this album and all of the Canterbury Scene I've heard so far is that the music is terribly relaxed, easing and nice to the ears, but is terribly inventive. I'd even go as far to say that Canterbury artists are able to create progressive music without sounding terribly complex which is quite a feat of them.

"Golf Girl" is an okay track with a nice intro, and varying accompanying music during the verses and choruses. It ends with a nice flute solo. However, to me, the rhythm guitar here I find far too similar to the one on In The Land... (which I presume came first) and it gives the song a bit of an unoriginal feel.


Slightly harder music's available on "Winter Wine", which is a faster-paced songs containing lyrics that you really don't want your gangster homies to hear. I wonder how the rhythm guitar plays the melody of the vocals with chords somehow. The song drags a little bit and lacks instrumental pieces in between and Sinclair's voice is a bit bland at several moments. However, the good moments make up a lot for this along with the instrumemental part. The ending's absolutely gorgeous, with that guitar or woman chanting in the background.


Seriously avoid "Love To Love You". It's a happy dilly silly song with annoying vocals, and an uninteresting riff that gets repeated all the time. A very weak point of the album, this sounds like any other song.


"In The Land Of Grey And Pink" is a song you can listen to on the archives and probably will get you hooked immediately. The lyrics and vocals are charming, the guitar chords and rhythm enchanting and the piano solo is so terrific that this song will excite even a non-progger. Truly great.


Next is "Nine Feet Underground". The first few times I listened to it it sounded like some guy playing his guitar almost non-stop while a bunch of robots just repeated the same thing, occasionaly interrupted by some guy playing decent vocals, and sometimes you'd catch a nice riff. However, listen better and you can't quite get enough of it and will notice all the other solo parts too - although there might be too much of them. It's a good epic, but misses both the quality and appeal of the song "In The Land..." and the stuff that catches you of all other epics. The guitar also is too present for the song to be good background music. A hard call, but it still is very good.


"Frozen Rose", a bonus (under the name "I Don't Know Its Name (Alias The Word)" actually is another song with that great voice of Sinclair singing a sweet melody, sometimes making place for instrumental piece. Very good.



It actually is essential, but there are too much weak points.

Rosescar | 4/5 |


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