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OCEAN GYPSY

Renaissance

 

Symphonic Prog

2.94 | 38 ratings

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SouthSideoftheSky
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Symphonic Team
2 stars The other album by the other Renaissance

Ocean Gypsy features re-recorded, acoustic versions of classic Renaissance songs by Michael Dunford's Renaissance, plus a couple of new songs in the same style. One could almost say that this is classic Renaissance de-Prog'd, as the arrangements have been simplified and the Rock elements (the drums and the electric bass) are absent from these versions. I have always thought that even the classic, 70's Renaissance sound was too "naked" often lacking a much needed Rock edge. Thus, I would have preferred that, instead of removing elements, they would have done the very opposite and added further elements such as electric guitars and synthesisers. This all-acoustic Renaissance is pleasant enough, but is rather tame. It further lacks the distinctive voice of Annie Haslam and features mostly tunes that we've all heard before. The new songs do not stand out.

These facts together make the present album unnecessary for all but the most ardent Renaissance fan.

SouthSideoftheSky | 2/5 |

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