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Pell Mell


Symphonic Prog

3.39 | 28 ratings

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4 stars Another pleasant surprise.

I've been wanting to check out this band, practically for decades. The reality is that there are countless of - potentially - credible works, yet to find time to listen to. I choose this album ahead of higher rated ones, assuming that it'll give me an insight into the general style. If I am left less than impressed then I won't spend time on the rest of Pell Mell's albums. Conclusion of first listen? I sure will!

This is not your average Krautrock, but classic Prog, no doubt. The first impression is that the vocal harmonies are not far off Gentle Giant - and that's quite something to come even near. The classical component throughout the works is unmistakable. Partly due to the violin(s), very spirited organ works - not mentioning the compositions for starters. Well, Germany has given the world a disproportionate number of classical composers, so it's hardly surprising of a German band to pay respect to that.

No, this is not classical music, but definitely inspired by such. Comparisons with Ekseption, ELP, or rock bands trying to appear "sophisticated" would not be appropriate here. Much closer to a lost Gentle Giant album.

Pell Mell is a great, rocking band that has been able to fuse the romantic elements of classical with even the odd wah-wah pedal into quality Prog. I am left very impressed. An album tha's likely to keep growing on me. For now, I have no hesitation to offer a 4, but chances are that it'll be revised upwards - eventually.. A great find!

BORA | 4/5 |


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