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Glass Hammer

 

Symphonic Prog

3.93 | 243 ratings

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Mr. Mustard
4 stars If you were to clump all of the sounds and stereotypes of 70's prog into one album, then If by Glass Hammer would be this album. It isn't a secret this album's (and band's) music is highly motivated by classic prog, especially symphonic. This record bleeds Yes, Genesis and ELP, all in a modern and more polished fashion. Despite all of this, these guys manage to have their own sound that is marked with very melodic passages, deep and lush atmospheres, and great musicianship and virtuosity.

Song-wise, this is a bit harder to deconstruct due to the songs being based on the same songwriting scheme. As mentioned, each song will have heavily Genesis, Yes, etc inspired passages with frequent use of organ, Mellotron, and synth, as is custom with symphonic prog. Though there really isn't any weak song on the album, I feel as though it could have been shortened slightly, a problem with many modern albums, no doubt. But this problem is minor, especially when considering the phenomenal production and mixing values; everything is clear and the instruments are given plenty of breathing room.

The highlight of the album is probably the final epic track, 'If the Sun,' which seems like an endless stream of high energy, catchy melodies, but also includes some deep, atmospheric parts as well.

What this album lacks in adventurous music, it makes up for in its melodies and lush atmosphere. If you like catchy melodies one after another, all played in a highly symphonic fashion with superior production, and don't mind the overall derivative nature, then this album is certainly for you.

8/10

Mr. Mustard | 4/5 |

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