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Symphonic Prog

4.07 | 604 ratings

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2 stars Hmmm...

If you pine for something "Old Skool", then this is it. If the fact that music changes and has changed over the decades bothers you, and you want all music to sound the same as it did back in the 1970s, then you will definitely enjoy this album.

It's hard for me to consider this as progressive, as it is so blatantly regressive. The minute "Prolog" started, I thought "Early Genesis"? But then I realised that there was no Gabriel - indeed, no vocals. The flutes and acoustic guitars sound quite nice, but I really am not keen on the parallel 5ths and octaves, although the suspensions work fairly well. The intention seems to be to sound mediaeval, rather than Baroque, but ends up sounding like a dirge as the 3rds are often missed from the wrong places to lend the required movement in the music. The entire 1st section is repeated with denser orchestration and uncharacteristic chromatic clashes which do not work, and end up making two minutes feel like ten.

Höstsejd starts very much like an early Genesis track, with some repeated random chords thrown in, and a somewhat haphazard approach to structuring. The concentration appears to be on the texture at the expense of any actual music. Melodies are in short supply, and all voices follow the same sort of lines, eliminating any contrapuntal sense. That said, the textures are nice - but have a tendency to be spoilt by the layering of ideas rather than construction of any meaningful form. 3 minutes is quite enough of this. I skipped through, pausing at intervals to see if anything interesting turned up, but it didn't.

I don't know what Rösten is supposed to be apart from a few bumps.

Skogsranden sounds tiringly familiar, with amateurish sounding melodies and duplicated parts, indicating a shortage of musical ideas. A battery of noise starts a bit later, and I get fed up with this.

If this is your bag, then great, but I see very little musical merit in it, compared to any Genesis album pre "Duke", and nothing new at all.

Certif1ed | 2/5 |


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