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Gazpacho

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4.14 | 447 ratings | 44 reviews | 48% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2007

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Dream of Stone (17:00)
2. Chequered Light Buildings (6:34)
3. Upside Down (9:41)
4. Valerie's Friend (6:29)
5. Massive Illusion (13:37)

Total Time: 53:21

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Line-up / Musicians

- Jan Henrik Ohme / vocals, backing vocals
- Thomas Andersen / piano, keyboards, programming
- Jon-Arne Vilbo / acoustics, guitars
- Mikael Krømer / violins, programming
- Kristian Olav Torp / bass
- Robert Risberget Johansen / drums, percussion

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GAZPACHO Night ratings distribution


4.14
(447 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(48%)
48%
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(33%)
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Review by Trickster F.
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4 stars Fan of emotional prog? Add another half a star.

Gazpacho is a relatively new Contemporary Progressive Rock group coming from Norway, presumably named after the delicious Spanish spicy soup. Quite a few progressive rock fans got acquainted with this promising ensemble owing to their presence as a supporting act for the definitive neo-proggers Marillion during their tour. Coincidentally, the latter also have a track sharing the name of their Norwegian colleagues' creation, which could be another possible source of inspiration, especially seeing as how the two do indeed share some aspects of their sound in common.

The 2007 release Night can be seen as the group's most ambitious effort yet, in addition to being one that would attract a myriad of progressive hordes with its appealing elements and an extremely adventurous approach to songwriting. What separates the release from its predecessors is that it is a concept album based around reality, dreams and the manner the two are interwoven. Although the album consists of five tracks of formidable length, Night is essentially a single epic composition formed by a greater amount of fragments than it is presented on the record for our convenience.

The record surely deserves more than a single listen to be appreciated truly, however, one will know whether this will appeal to him or not, as it is 'that kind of music'. As banal as the phrase 'don't try to get it, feel it may sound, this is the type of music that you will have memorized owing to the feelings experienced during the listening session, rather than its melodies (although one will admit to remembering more than a plenty of nuances after subsequent listens). The concept obviously allows many emotions to be implemented in the album, and the group more than just succeeds here. The compositions flow comfortably, in a way similar to the way post-rock compositions tend to progress, and are a pleasure to follow with your senses. The delicate and ethereal moods are very well complemented with Jan Henrik Ohme's expressive voice and the tasteful, appropriately used instrumentation. Orchestral fragments, found in the opening and closing tracks, are no less fitting.

Although one could say that Gazpacho are quite similar to Radiohead (partly due to the ambiances they create, followed by Ohme's deep vocals) or that they are in the league of their own, adding that devotees of music along the lines of Porcupine Tree, Pure Reason Revolution, Marillion, later era Anathema and Novembre would all find something for themselves here, however, to this reviewer's mind it all comes down to this: Night is a successful, sincere creation by a promising group and needless to say it should be compelling to a sentimental intelligent progressive listener.

One of the 2007 releases that definitely deserve to be heard!

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Posted Monday, March 12, 2007

Review by erik neuteboom
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4 stars Reading the reviews and looking at the posts in several threads on Prog Archives, this is a killer CD that will be one of the highlights of 2007! Well, here is my analysis, track by track.

1. Dream of Stone (17:00) : This long composition sounds very compelling featuring a hypnotizing rhythm-section, melancholic vocals, a wonderful strings-sound and beautiful acoustic guitar. The contrast between the mellow, moving and bombastic parts creates a lot of tension in the music, as I stated earlier: very compelling! The final part is great with first a dreamy atmosphere that contains violin and piano and then a moving climate with a propulsive rhythm-section and howling guitar runs, awesome prog! Gazpacho their sound in this song reminds me both of fellow Skandinavian bands Anekdoten and early landberk as progressive pop bands like Radiohead and Coldplay.

2. Chequered Light Buildings (6:34) : This track starts and ends with mellow organ waves, fragile piano play and melancholical vocals. In between we are carried away by a sumptuous eruption and a compelling atmosphere.

3. Upside Down (9:41) : The first part contains dreamy vocals and piano, then another compelling climate with strong melancholical overtones. Suddenly a break with sensitive electric guitar solo and finally a wonderful conclusion featuring sad sounding violin work and warm twanging guitar. Breathtaking!

4. Valerie's Friend (6:29) : After twanging acoustic guitar and warm vocals, we hear the surprising sound of a mandoline. Then a sumptuous eruption with sensitive guitar and dramatic vocals, culminating in a compelling, quite bombastic atmosphere with howling guitar runs. The final part sounds like ambient electronic music, quite a contrast with the mandoline in the first part!

5. Massive Illusion (13:37) : This final composition sounds very alternating and moving featuring the distinctive sound of the tin-whistle, majectic violin-Mellotron waves, twanging acoustic guitars and howling electric guitars. The dramatic vocals give this song a melancholical undertone. The end is again breathtaking with intense violin work and fragile piano play, how emotional!

If you don't have a problem with dark sounding prog with lots of emotion and melancholical vocals, this is a great CD to discover: the Fifth Of Gazpacho, a classic?

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Posted Sunday, March 18, 2007

Review by Prog-jester
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3 stars EDITED

OK, I've changed my mind. This is natural, since I'm a human being and my tastes can change from time to time. The whole year into Post-Rock and Indie made me re-listen to some bands, and the first one I liked was GAZPACHO and their 'Night' album. Uneven and sometimes too RADIOHEAD-influenced, it's a good and enjoyable record in general, with epic 'Dreams of Stone' being particulary magnificient. Some late TALK TALK thrown in, some hooks that THE AMBER LIGHT' and PINEAPPLE THIEF' fans will definitely like, and this wonderful sense of melancholy attached to every note in this LP. H-era MARILLION shouldn't miss this one either. Recommended

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Posted Thursday, April 05, 2007

Review by evenless
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5 stars GAZPACHO's "Night" probably is one of the best releases of 2007!

Not being familiar with the band GAZPACHO, but after reading the very positive reviews on this site, I decided to buy this album instantly. Supposedly GAZPACHO toured together with PORCUPINE TREE and one might compare GAZPACHO to bands like PORCUPINE TREE and RADIOHEAD in the way that these bands are all quite difficult to be "boxed".

The album kicks of with the 17 minute long track "Dream of Stone". Out of nowhere pounding sounds are fading in and it sounds like a train moving in closer and closer. This sound is accompanied by a deep bass and drums about a minute later and one minute after that we are treated by Jan Henrik Ohme's warm vocals. I would almost say he sounds a bit Thom Yorkish and the music a bit Radioheadish, but that would be rather unfair to GAZPACHO, because they prove that they are a very competent band, maybe even better than Thom York and consortium. Towards the end of this track the music fades out and a delicate piano links the first two tracks seamlessly.

The second track "Chequered Light Buildings" is a very warm and delicate track. The lyrics remind me a bit of "Perfect Blue Buildings" by Counting Crows. This track also breathes the same depressing atmosphere as "Perfect Blue Buildings" does. The midsection of this track is solely instrumental and sounds wonderful. Towards the end we hear the same piano tunes that the song started out with. Again track 3 and 4 are blended into one other.

The third track "Inside Out" is probably my favourite track of the album. Wow! What a great melody and did I already mention Jan Henrik Ohme's warm vocals? This is it! Pure indulgement. Words cannot describe the way I feel about this track. Simply wonderful! No wonder the 10 minutes of this track only seem to last only 5. To make the whole complete we are treated by some delicate violins near the end of the track.

Track 4, "Valerie's Friend" is another atmospheric, yet very dramatic piece. Jan Henrik Ohme sounds like he's carrying a heavy burden on his shoulders. Beautiful once again.

The final track "Massive Illusion" lasts over 13 minutes as well. The wonderful opening sounds of this track are coming from the tin whistle played by Kristian Skedsmo. He is the big guest artist on this album also playing low whistle, accordion, didgeridoo, mandolin and banjo! In the liner notes the band expresses their appreciation towards him: "Our idol and well trusted mad genius wizard; Kristian "The Duke" Skedsmo. To him we owe it all." The middle piece is a bit more up-tempo and contains some fine hauling guitar work. The outro of the song contains some great piano and strings and this could be a wonderful emotional classical piece.

So how would I rate this album? I wonder between 4 and 5 stars. Maybe it isn't a masterpiece to anyone, but it surely is to me. This could very well be the best album of 2007! Yet it will have quite some competition of albums have already been released like "Blackfield II" and Sylvan's "Presets". And keeping in mind that Porcupine Tree's "Fear Of A Blank Planet" will be released at the end of April '07 and Riverside's third studio album coming out somewhere near the end of this year, 2007 will be a very interesting Progressive year!

I think I owe this album a 5 star rating.

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Posted Thursday, April 05, 2007

Review by russellk
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5 stars An unexpected and delightful treat.

Few recent releases in any genre reach the heights of GAZPACHO'S 'Night'. Though labelled 'Neo-progressive', I feel the music offered here is art rock with strong ambient and space-rock sensibilities. Each segment of the overall concept drifts along with a solid backbeat, with carefully scripted variations and sparse but interesting fills. Likewise, the bass pulses a simple rhythm, only occasionally pushed forward in the mix. The real delight comes with the subtle keyboard and guitar fills which colour the music, giving it a strong ethereal feel, not unlike TALK TALK'S later work.

The comparisons with TALK TALK don't end there. Ohme's plaintive, emotive vocals recall Mark Hollis, as does the meticulous, rich engineering. Further, one gets the sense that, as with TALK TALK'S 'Spirit of Eden', not a single note or silence has been placed on this record without careful consideration and debate. Owls hoot, violins and cathedral organs segue from one track to the next, and distorted guitar notes cut off with no echo. The volume of the music is an important part of the mix, used in the first track to heighten tension, and in subsequent tracks to dampen a particular motif or to push it forward to prominence.

Perhaps this may render the music soulless to some ears. Certainly it's not music to drink lager by. But oh, there's certainly feeling there. Take a listen to the sample track provided by ProgArchives: if the vocals don't get you on side, particularly the motif at 3:30 (repeated throughout the song), if the guitar solo does nothing for you and if the music sounds too artificial for your tastes, then GAZPACHO is not for you. Though I'm a person brought up on DEEP PURPLE, BLACK SABBATH and LED ZEPPELIN, and this music is light-years removed from that, I find plenty in this record to draw me in; and, once drawn in, much to make me return. Every track is strong, with memorable vocal lines, and powerful sequences release the carefully gathered tension.

This is the best new record I've heard in a year. Just kick back and let the rhythm and soundscapes take you away in to the night.

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Posted Sunday, April 08, 2007

Review by Mellotron Storm
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4 stars First of all I want to thank Prog Reviewer "evenless" for sending me (in Canada) this cd all the way from the Netherlands. Unfortunately for me GAZPACHO's music is very difficult to find over here right now, and so it mean't a lot to receive this highly acclaimed cd. As the band says : " "Night" is a musical description of a dream or a stream of consciousness".So it is a concept album and when you hear the music it's not surprising that the subject matter is about dreaming as the music itself is very dreamy and floating. What we are treated to are slowly building and haunting soundscapes with a Post-Rock feel at times.The mood is often quite emotional and while RADIOHEAD came to mind first I was also reminded of SIGUR ROS, BAUER and FRAKTAL.

As "Dream Of Stone" starts to play you can hear the sounds rise quietly out of the silence. This is very atmospheric and drifting music that slowly builds, including the vocals.The slowly beating drums are mesmerizing and I swear I hear mellotron. There are mournful violin sounds with piano melodies later in the song. It actually gets quite heavy 15 minutes in with some great guitar as the drums pound away. "Chequered Light Buildings" opens with tender vocals and slowly played piano as they gradually grow louder including the tension until it all builds to a climax.

"Upside Down" is my favourite track. It has a good steady beat with piano and acoustic guitar. What I really like are the vocal arrangements on this one. Nice. More violin and piano before this one is over. "Valerie's Friend" becomes almost happy sounding. Gasp ! Powerful middle section with a terrific guitar solo and the song ends with violin. "Massive Illusion" has a slow atmospheric beginning. They start clapping to the beat at one point. Nice organ work and the guitar 8 minutes in is really good. More mournful violin to end it.

4.5 stars for this emotional and haunting record. Highly recommended.

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Review by tszirmay
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4 stars Sometimes paying too much attention to the previous reviews can cause the residual effect of losing focus and not grasping objectively the true gist of the music being projected , especially when the band is sonically unknown to the listener. This is the labyrinth I suckered myself into, much to my chagrin and it took a dozen or so spin-throughs to disengage from the web of expectations . I cannot comment on Radiohead or Coldplay because I crucified radio back in the 90s , fed up with the nauseating incompetence of formulaic , manufactured sludge (which persists until today). My fellow colleagues have indicated Ptree and Landberk tendencies, which I simply cannot identify, at least overtly. On the other hand, the Mark Hollis-Spirit of Eden influence is quite correct, as well as the David Sylvian touches, both spawned from the Bryan Ferry school of singing. As soon as the beacons were dispensed with, things became increasingly clearer, Yes, this is atmospheric music that requires the candlelight, turn off the lights treatment, unplug the TV-DVD-PC-Cell (now that's hard to do!) and just let the sounds overcome your defenses. The funeral lilt of the first piece really lays down the mood, an opiate-laden hallucigenic (not necessarily psychedelic) canvas where the vocals dominate center stage and the assorted instruments act as a backdrop. This is not always a succesful option but when it works, it shines (Hollis, Sylvian) , with a hint of This Mortal Coil (the proggiest of the New Wave crews of the late 80s) , what with gypsy violin snippets that add to the gusto. The keys, guitars, bass & drums are all very low-key, no nifty " Hey! watch me play" delirious solos to be found, all subserviant to the team concept. Hence, I can understand why some will fawn all over this (and rightly so) and annoint this with the highest praise ("Upside Down" is really great) but I can sympathize with those who feel this is all too soporific and artsy. You gotta be in the right mood , again context determining how much pleasure can be derived from this strange brew. I did, a lot!4.5 night stars .

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Posted Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Review by Rivertree
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4 stars Gazpacho meets Radiohead ...

'Night' is an album on the border betweeen Art Rock and Neo Prog which sounds like a collaboration of GAZPACHO and RADIOHEAD. The songs are in a dark melancholic mood and there are also some references to MARILLION, not only because of the cover art which is similar to 'Holidays in Eden'. Jan Henrik Ohme's vocals sometimes are near to the voices of Thom Yorke and Steve Hogarth.

Technically not very complicated but with great feeling and heroically delivered. With the smooth transitions between the songs it looks like a concept album. Wonderful in any case for relaxing with headphones on and a glass of wine in reach.

Dream Of Stone is the cornerstone of this release with a hypnotic rhythm, a fantastic short violin/piano interlude followed by a heavy grooving part and a magnificent piano end a la TALK TALK. This is by all means a terrific song and 5 stars worth IMO. Chequered Light Buildings follows as a very melancholic ballad which evolves/explodes after 3 minutes to a dramatic song. Upside is mainly a continuation of the first song and Valerie's Friend contains emotional vocals, the excellent drum playing is to mention and we have a surprising ambient finale. Massive Illusion first of all can be catagorized as a Prog Folk song, very interesting with hands clapping and a much more happier flavour at first. Afterwards the song picks up again the melancholic violin/piano theme from the first song and spreads it out for some minutes.

For the summary it's not enough to be a masterpiece because of some unnecessary lengths. But in the whole it deserves 4 stars anyhow. Dedicated to fans of melancholic emotional Prog.

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Posted Monday, July 09, 2007

Review by Sean Trane
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3 stars Let's resist the temptation of saying that this YET another Norwegian neo-symphonic prog band, but the fact is that there are a few now, a phenomenon started by White Willow, then Wobbler, Gargamel (and a few I can't come up with now) and now Gazpacho, although this is their third or fourth album but they only come to international notice now. Unlike the melancholic, dark sombre music of Gargamel, Wobbler, Anekdoten (etc..), musically speaking Gazpacho are a gentle neo prog with strong symphonic tendencies and might be likened to Overhead, White Willow, Ageness, Gallion and so on.

While their type of neo-prog is of a gentle and pleasant brand, it is also fairly unchallenging and accumulates the clichés of the genre, but I must give to the group, they never get too "clonish" or irritatingly "ala sumthin' ". The sextet develops many quiet atmospheres driven by Andersen's keyboards, underlined Vibo's guitar (he's heard Reine Fiske from certain passages on Night) and Kromer's violin. As for the concept of the album, it seems to be axed upon the opening 17-min "epic" Dream Of Stone and the entire nightrip (nicely illustrated by Antonio Cruz). The 6 min+ Chequered Light segues into the almost 10-min Upside Down then into what seems to be the album's most emotional point of the album (the hardest sounding anyway) where our protagonist dreams of his prospective girlfriend Valerie and her friend and a church burning. I am not sure this is it, the lyrics aren't included, but it is partly illustrated in the booklet.

While the music goes through a myriad of tempo changes, ambiances and atmospheres, I cannot say that the group is using the full recording dynamics and the music stays relatively/boringly/safely even. My guess is that after 20 listens, should one make your hear a 20-second sample, you'd still be unable to tell in which of the five songs you're in. and I guess this says it all in terms of Gazpacho's best album to date (if I read the other album's reviews), and therefore it isn't likely to get essential status anywhere on any scale.

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Posted Friday, October 12, 2007

Review by LinusW
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2 stars Well, well. Night is really a thoroughly nice album. Nice in that way that it always keep a respectable distance to your life and conscience, never dreaming of interfering or challenging your existence. It isn't a soulless album, far from it; it's full of emotion, but only of one single kind. After a while it gets as repetitive as a Scandinavian winter, and sadly just as interesting.

Gazpacho doesn't suffer from any problem when it comes to creating dense atmospheres. The sound is literally drenched in some kind of nocturnal, melancholic, thick keys-created landscape, one that evokes feelings of cold and naked lands while it's still almost hypnotizing at times. I'd describe it as slightly post-rockish. At least based on the little I've heard from that genre. On many of the songs the guitar is mostly used in creating a beat for the swirling keys on top it. Repetitive drums, guitar and bass.no, repetitive structures form that droning whole I find very hard to tolerate. It's not getting any better as the beautiful, almost feminine voice of Jan Henrik Ohme lays down on top of the music as an ethereal veil of smoke, or perhaps more fitting in this case, as the slowly moving Northern Lights. Really slow build-ups, adding small, but noticeable changes almost every single repeat. Be it a delicate little chord work on the guitar, some choir effects, piano, a mini solo or just an empowered metal-ish power chord version of what happened last time. Eventually the atmosphere is quite rich with all sorts of sounds, something that you actually might miss the first few listens, just because everything moves so painstakingly slow.

Apart from the ambience-oriented parts (plenty) there are some better, metal-ish, Scandinavian folk and Neo-Prog dramatic parts (fewer) here. Very enjoyable, but still often part of the cold, electronic soundscape. The closing song of the album, Massive Illusion might be my favourite in the mix, with outspoken acoustic guitar, some change in the vocal department nice keys and for a change: a driving element. Nice and sad violin ending it for that extra touch.

I guess you realise that I don't think this is all bad. That's how objective I'm prepared to be. If you don't have a problem with ambience-filled, droning atmosphere and.well, atmosphere at the expense of virtuoso performance, for all it's worth, then you should love this album. It's heavily arranged, with lots of precision and electronic influences and as such very successful.

For me: 2 stars. Fans only.

//LinusW

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Posted Monday, April 21, 2008

Review by ZowieZiggy
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3 stars I ended up my review of their first work with these words: It lacks in originality and feeling. Most of the tracks are too similar and on the mellowish side. This EP was released in 2002.

What has changed in the meantime?

The band played mainly some fine Muse oriented tracks on their debut album (Bravo) and lots of tasteless gazpacho (they have chose their names, not me). This Night album opens on a long piece of music which is completely derivative of the Mark II Marillion (another usual source of inspiration for the band). Ambient, aerial, repetitive and unemotional to my ears. Fine background music after all (especially the closing section which features some fine violin notes).

This opening number is a pretty good preview of what the listener will listen afterwards. Almost all songs are made out of the same mould (Upside Down is a shorter carbon copy).

My preferred song is Chequered Light Buildings: the mood is darker and heavier. It breaks the mellowish atmosphere which is welcome as far as I'm concerned.

The band had the good idea not to release an overlong album (but this is usual for them). As such it is not too bad an experience but I don't believe that I will listen to it much more in the future. Marillion Mark II fans: this one is for you.

The closing number Massive Illusion features some fine electric guitar and well crafted, emotional and almsot classical violin during the second part of the song (which lasts for about fourteen minutes).

Three stars.

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Posted Thursday, October 23, 2008

Review by Roland113
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5 stars In My Not So Humble Opinion:

"Night" by Gazpacho defines Neo Prog for me.

I know, they are considered Crossover by the Prog Archives, but in my thought, this is what Neo is all about. The lush keyboards, carefully thought out transitions, the layers upon layers of sound is done brilliantly on this CD. I can thank Franz Keylard of "The Dividing Line Broadcasting Network" for introducing me to this band, and also the belief that they're Neo. You see, my first introduction to Gazpacho was on a podcast of his radio program. If I remember correctly, he planned on playing "Upside Down" before moving on to something else. Almost a half hour he came back on, cursing them for being so good, he couldn't just play the one song. He ended up completing the album and made the comment, and I'm paraphrasing here, 'they do Marillion better than Marillion'.

Right or wrong, it was at that point that I defined the Neo Prog sub-genre in my mind; also, it's a great one line description of the album to the uninitiated. It's hard to highlight individual passages because everything builds from one point to the next. Each note leads to the next one and so on and so on through the entire fifty three minutes of the CD.

Jan Henrik Ohme's vocals are mesmerizing, so soft and fragile; it took me a few listens to realize that he was a he. Thomas Anderson builds a wonderful wall of sound with his keyboards, never sticking out like a sore thumb yet every note and sound is beautifully placed. Jon-Arne Vilbo does a fine job on the guitar, building from a minimalist place in "Dream of Stone" up to his personal crescendo in "Valarie's Friend" to finally add to the CD's most energetic point in "Massive Illusion". Mikeal Kromer adds some spine tingling moments with his violin, mostly to segue between the different movements of the CD.

If you like lush music, if you like subtle music with a thousand little nuances filling the many layers, then this CD is highly recommended. Five Stars.

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Posted Friday, July 17, 2009

Review by Marty McFly
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5 stars I was wondered by seeing here "Night" as crossover prog and as Norway's group. In fact, I used to know simple formula, Sweden = rock, Finland = metal, Norway = ? Now I know it, they can be also good. It's just they're not so well known country (in prog things). I was also thinking about this Radiohead connection, but only thing reminding me this is J. H. Ohme's voice. Magical, on the other side of unpleasant vocal type. Very strange one, maybe even reminding vocalist of Muse, but I'm not so sure in that. But similar to RH ? Total of 53 minutes, divided in 5 tracks, which makes average length about 10 minutes. Not so RH style though.

I see Night more like post-rock influenced. Few, long tracks with a lot of space to improvisation, tracks taking its time to present what they want to tell (few strange moments also, explained later). To be honest, I listen to this album, when I'm very tired physically (not psychically, because I almost never am), because of its softness, hypnotic flow (second time I imagine what would drugs do to me with connection to this album), but long passages can lead to idea that ""nothing's going on here"", which is of course not truth. It just takes time.

"Dream of Stone" sets the mood to entire album. Everything what will come later is quite similar, but I mean similarity as in post-rock, not that all tracks are the same, or clones of each other. As in matter of PR (this album is reminding me it more and more), you can't just wait for riffs, admire drums playing, or rock'n'roll style. I'm trying to practice unique approach to every album in its own way (if I like it, then I'm trying to find out how this all were meant to be). So I feel it. "Chequered Light Buildings" continues in unspoken story about poetic feelings (well, there are lyrics and Story of album, which is sometimes more important to me). And so on, describing each track here is extremely difficult, because I want to take this record as one track, one tale.

For me, important thing is that there's a deepness to which I can look and not see the end. That there's a unique combination of vocals with instruments (but voice is main instrument here at these times), which is very haunting. As I said at "Part 2 by MotW", ethereal beauty. And I feel it again. Every sound has its place and helps to form overall composition perfectly.

Five stars for not from this Earth record (maybe Moon, or Pluto Night)

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Posted Tuesday, September 01, 2009

Review by TheGazzardian
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4 stars Gazpacho has a sound that is pretty unique. The closest band I can think of to compare them to is Porcupine Tree; but that is more in terms of the way that the music works on me, than the way it sounds or makes me feel.

The music here is definitely atmospheric. Contrast is used to great effect (listen to the build up on "checkered light buildings" as a perfect example, where vocals and piano slowly build into an explosion of electric guitar, driving drums, and epic strings, which then has acoustic guitars and more strings added on top before the vocals return hauntingly). The band makes use of each of their instruments, but they are never just "there"; when an instrument is being played, it has something to say.

That being said, instead of being melodic, this music is atmospheric. And while some melodies will stick to the memory after listening, it is always the way that the music makes one feel that makes this album such a rousing success.

It is hard to tell one track from the next. They flow into each other completely naturally, without any feeling of being forced. And while certain themes remain only within certain tracks (such as the "How small is your life?" chorus in Valerie's Friend), each of them has enough different themes that you could imagine the tracks being broken down even smaller if you wanted to. But truthfully, I can't imagine the tracks on this album sounding as strong without the context of the album. It is the way that ideas flow into each other; the road of emotions that the band takes you on that give this album its cohesiveness.

The instrumental work on this album is excellent. It is never dull, and always works perfectly within the context of the music and the lyrics. The singing is also great, in a style that is perhaps somewhat similar to that of Radiohead, although I find that I prefer Gazpacho. The singer has a bit more strength and power behind his vocals, I think.

The album ends beautifully, with an almost classical feel to it (in fact, I had to listen to some classical music after hearing this album the first time to get it out of my system). I find myself wishing that it would go on a bit longer, because it is such a beautiful album, but unfortunately, all things must come to an end, and I am forced instead to hit "play" a second time.

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Posted Saturday, January 09, 2010

Review by Rune2000
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4 stars My first encounter with Gazpacho occurred during Marillion's Marbles-tour here in Stockholm, Sweden. Although I didn't particularly like the release Marillion was promoting I still went to see the show just to experience their live performance. The supporting band Gazpacho didn't make much of an impression on me at the time but I think that their equipment was primarily to blame for that. The concert hall itself was also one of the more peculiar arenas which is rarely used for music performances.

Since I was really into Radiohead at the time I basically wrote off the band as another one of Radiohead clones without giving them a proper chance. That decision might have worked for Gazpacho's first three albums but once they started getting the most positive reviews in their semi-professional careers with the release of Night I stopped being stubborn and decided to enter their domain.

What I heard on this release was a much more matured band and although the Radiohead influences were still present Gazpacho had now an identity of their own! I could trace a few influences from the Norwegian music scene, especially bands like Motorpsycho, which spiced up their flavor and made the band a front runner of the scene.

Dream of Stone is an atmospheric opener that initially felt like it had a few more secrets to reveal upon repeated listens but that was unfortunately not so. A pity but the praise is still non-the-less justified considering the band's definite signs of growth. Upside Down on the other hand did manage to improve over time and is in my opinion the definite highlight in terms of the consistency offered during it's 10 minutes running time.

Overall it didn't take long for Night to grow on me and I'm basically of the same opinion of it as I was after 4-5 times I heard it. The sheer beauty of development these compositions undergo is well worth the time investment. Still I think that Gazpacho has a lot of undiscovered potential left in them so it will be interesting to follow them toward their ultimate career highlight!

***** star songs: Upside Down (9:41)

**** star songs: Dream Of Stone (17:00) Chequered Light Buildings (6:34) Valerie's Friend (6:29) Massive Illusion (13:37)

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Posted Friday, February 19, 2010

Review by progrules
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3 stars By the time this 4th album by Gazpacho was released, the band had produced three earlier ones and trusting the averages on our site (I don't know any of these three myself) the three predecessors were only average in quality.

This 4th release is a different story according to a significant number of raters/reviewers. For me personally it's quite a different matter only explainable by difference in taste I guess. When I play this album I indeed hear above average music but my dislike for Hogarth era Marillion combined with huge similarity between this Marillion and Gazpacho cause a low appreciation by me I'm afraid. The music is quite slow and with little energy, well let's just spell it out: pretty dull I'm afraid. I will be hurting some feelings with this statement I fear but again: I'm just a minority and it's just my opinion. This music makes me yawn a bit until ..... yes, indeed until last track Massive Illusion takes its turn. Suddenly it's a total different ball game for me. What a fantastic song this is. The violin is absolutely stunning and mesmerizing.

I wish this album would have contained more special songs like this one (ok, the opening track Dream of Stone has a bit of violin as well but only for a minute) and then I would have joined the long line up of 4 star raters without hesitation. As it is, this one song can't save the album for me. But it does save it from a deadly 2 star conclusion I had in mind after the first 4 songs and lifts the album to three stars for my taste. Like I said, Marillion (Hogarth) fans who don't know Gazpacho yet should certainly check this album out. Perhaps Radiohead and Pineapple Thief fans could do that too. But if you like your music spicy and energetic, leave it.

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Review by Warthur
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5 stars Often compared to H-era Marillion, Gazpacho emerged from the shadow of their inspirations and set themselves up as a truly original proposition with the incredible Night. A concept album taking us through the uncharted realms of slumber, the songs tend to flow together and are tied into a cohesive piece by the pulsating, spooky rhythms that regularly emerge here and there to lend continuity to the album, and over which the band carefully apply various embellishments to keep things varied. A simple enough idea in principle but tricky to apply in practice; Gazpacho pull it off marvellously, so it's no surprise that Night well and truly put them on the prog map.

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Review by Epignosis
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3 stars If I were tasked with using one word to describe this album, my choice would be "cold." And like most everything from Gazpacho, the general mood of the album is downcast. Night is a fair album that has never succeeded in engaging me, but has a sad loneliness that is conveyed in a most beautiful manner.

"Dream of Stone" Chilly atmospheres fill this lengthy track, and the unmistakable voice of Jan Henrik Ohme sometimes shivers as though he too is cold. The composition is extremely unadventurous but never once strays from being good. It is an ethereal piece of music that does not cease to convey dark emotions.

"Chequered Light Buildings" Lonely piano sparsely serves a friendless voice. The guitars thicken the texture as the piece becomes more ghostly.

"Upside Down" This third song has more drive and might have made an excellent part of a soundtrack. It also has a compelling series of vocal melodies.

"Valerie's Friend" Gazpacho keeps the shadowy nature of their music but adds rich acoustic guitar to the sound. The electric guitars eventually provided the song with some much needed bite.

"Massive Illusion" The fifth and final piece reiterates the sad nature of the album. However, it eventually takes on a more upbeat, almost voodoo vocal section and spectral backings. The final passage is a beautiful violin and piano duet.

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Review by Chris S
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3 stars This 2007 release whilst not as complete as their follow up album Tick Tock still is a highly impressive work. The theme here is sleep and dreams. The album opens with epic Dream Of Stone, a seventeen minute magnum opus. It is minimalist and has a really hypnotic beat, occasionally building to a climax before subsiding again. The drum beat rarely disappearing save for Mikael Kromer's fine violin work. Ohme does not stretch his vocals too much on this album which results in a relatively even tempo throughout Night. I do believe the band were still experimenting with their sound which is only natural and the only negative I find here is that there is no major risk taking here whether that be the vocals and musical contributions. That being said, the repetition works ( reference Mike Oldfield) and here gain Gazpacho use it to the maximum of their ability especially on the opening track. " Chequered Light Building" is pleasant but mostly non descript as is " Valerie's friend " but " Upside Down" is 10 minutes of melancholic brooding bliss and here Ohme really does deliver in the vocals department. The closer " Massive Illusion" is nice enough but again not really testing the ears and blends in well with the rest of the album. I think three and a half stars is a fair rating for Night. It is a slow burner as well which always adds value to any great piece of music and perhaps gives a clear indication of even finer work to come.

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4 stars A turn of events for Gazpacho I would say and by this I mean a 17 minute opener in the form of 'Dream Of Stone'. Sets a nice tranquil tone along the lines of a Porcupine Tree, equal length, performance. Was hopping the track would reach a better tempo later on, but it remained on more-or-less ... (read more)

Report this review (#1092214) | Posted by Ozymandias | Thursday, December 19, 2013 | Review Permanlink

5 stars I'm sure that many of the other reviewers out there have already gone into great detail over the particulars, back story and musical minutiae of this album. So I won't dwell. I bought this album a couple of months ago. I've been hooked on it and Gazpacho every since. For my part I'm captivated b ... (read more)

Report this review (#690844) | Posted by R-A-N-M-A | Monday, March 26, 2012 | Review Permanlink

4 stars A wonderful recording, although not quite as good, in my opinion, as it's successor TICK TOCK. There are 3 masterpiece songs contained on NIGHT: "Dreams of Stone", "Upside Down", and "Massive Illuison". The other 2 tracks do not interest me as much, although they are still pretty good. I have ... (read more)

Report this review (#642844) | Posted by mohaveman | Tuesday, February 28, 2012 | Review Permanlink

5 stars Gazpacho continue the fine traditionthan Norweigan musiciabs have for stretching the boundries of genres; whwter ir be Jazz, post-rock or anything else. album no4 - a fully fledged concept album of startling ethereal beauty. This is an imaginative band, with a myriad of influences filtered and ... (read more)

Report this review (#570545) | Posted by Matt-T | Friday, November 18, 2011 | Review Permanlink

4 stars A very nice set of diverse songs (which is not always the case with a Gazpacho album), though all establishing the signature ambient-droning Gazpacho sound supporting Ohme's somewhat monotonous voice. There are two real standouts, including my favorite Gazpacho song (so far): "Upside Down" (9:41) (9 ... (read more)

Report this review (#377647) | Posted by BrufordFreak | Monday, January 10, 2011 | Review Permanlink

4 stars I've never understood the appeal of neo-prog acts such as Marillion or I.Q. The music seems to wallow in a mess of unappealing melodies and poorly concealed Genesis covers. Harsh? Maybe. Marillion for Marillion fans, I say. Gazpacho is much more my speed, and I find it hard to believe that Mari ... (read more)

Report this review (#238952) | Posted by fighting sleep | Saturday, September 12, 2009 | Review Permanlink

4 stars GAZPACHO's Night was not my first encounter with Crossover Prog, however it was my first réal contact with this sub-genre: I had listened to some BARCLAY JAMES HARVEST (live), but I can't recall any of their songs: not very impressive; I had a listen to ALAN PARSON'S PROJECT quite a few times, y ... (read more)

Report this review (#212184) | Posted by Basíleia | Thursday, April 23, 2009 | Review Permanlink

5 stars Gazpacho's Night - an absolute highlight of 2007! This was my first album I've ever heard by them, and I instantly got into them. I can only praise this real masterpiece: a great concept about the dream, huge amounts of emotion, good lyrics and marvellous instrumentation characterize the alb ... (read more)

Report this review (#196782) | Posted by Diaby | Thursday, January 01, 2009 | Review Permanlink

3 stars Having seen all the 5 star ratings of this album, I admit that I feel slightly disappointed. It's not that this is a bad album, far from it, but it is an imperfect piece of music that despite so much promise, singularly fails to excite me. The slow-building opener is very indicative of the rest of ... (read more)

Report this review (#155443) | Posted by Warren | Friday, December 14, 2007 | Review Permanlink

3 stars This is a nice album. There are some nice melodies, nice lyrics, nice tunes, and nice moods are evoked. I can't rate it as highly as other reviewers do because in places it sounds just a bit too like some of Marillion's current output and the singer sounds too much like h. Of course these similari ... (read more)

Report this review (#145327) | Posted by scarista | Wednesday, October 17, 2007 | Review Permanlink

4 stars An album that keeps you listening from the beginning to the end, probably the best album of 2007! For an old romantic progger like me the sound of piano and violin add almost one star to every album. The better track are the longest. The better compliment you can do to a neo prog (but is it?) a ... (read more)

Report this review (#145226) | Posted by babbus61 | Wednesday, October 17, 2007 | Review Permanlink

5 stars The band, named after Marillion's song of the same name, first came to prominence at the Marillion conventions. Jan Henrik put in a memorable performance singing as the front man for Marillion for one song, coming back the next convention with his own band. Since then they have been taken trul ... (read more)

Report this review (#141488) | Posted by ProgRobUK | Tuesday, October 02, 2007 | Review Permanlink

5 stars About a week ago I saw most of my friends and neighbours(on last.fm, naturally) listening to a band called Gazpacho. I thought I'd check it out, since it sounded interesting, and we have similar tastes. So I went on their page on last.fm and was pleasantly surprised that an album of theirs, Night ... (read more)

Report this review (#139464) | Posted by VelBG | Friday, September 21, 2007 | Review Permanlink

4 stars Definitely The album NIGHT is one of the best releases of this year and probably the album most touched me so deep from their whole works (When Earth Lets Go,Bravo,Firebird,Night) I can't explain with simply words the sensations and feelings i have to listen these great songs.At the moment Cheque ... (read more)

Report this review (#129006) | Posted by proggirl1 | Tuesday, July 17, 2007 | Review Permanlink

5 stars ONE OF 2007´s HIGHLIGHTS! Again, there is not much i can add to what has already been said, but being one of my favourite releases of this year, i could´t avoid reviewing this magnificent piece of art, so here i go. I haven´t been a Gazpacho fan for too long, i just dicovered them less tha ... (read more)

Report this review (#127457) | Posted by FranMuzak | Tuesday, July 03, 2007 | Review Permanlink

5 stars Forget all the hype for Porcupine Tree, Dream Theater, and Symphony X, this album is a real shinner for 2007. I'm going out on a limb and voting for Night as the best album of the year. Until I saw a review for this album on Prog Archives, I had never heard of Gazpacho, but I was willing t ... (read more)

Report this review (#122833) | Posted by weaverinhisweb | Sunday, May 20, 2007 | Review Permanlink

3 stars After listening to this album again, and again, and again and again I really must conclude that this is a very overrated. I remember that the first fourteen reviews where all five stars and that got me excited. The music is dark and passionate. The main focus probably is one the singers voice, ... (read more)

Report this review (#117419) | Posted by Autoband | Thursday, April 05, 2007 | Review Permanlink

3 stars I bought this one last week, following all the hype and 5 stars credits i've read on this site. So i feel obliged to put the break on all the enthusiasm generated here. It may, indeed be the future of prog, fusioning with post rock and techno à la Radiohead, something most of fellow reviewers ... (read more)

Report this review (#116854) | Posted by bertolino | Friday, March 30, 2007 | Review Permanlink

5 stars I am of the same mind as Flipper... what can I say... it's absolutely brilliant. The music and melody the passion and intensity of the album and the members literally took my breath away. I consider myself priviledged to have had a glimpse into NIGHT at the Marillion Weekend this year and ... (read more)

Report this review (#115749) | Posted by dutchgal | Tuesday, March 20, 2007 | Review Permanlink

5 stars What can I add to the previous reviews, other than I really support those reviews. This is the first album in a long time, that took my breath away (in fact, Moongarden - Round Midnight was the last album that had this effect on me). Beautiful buildup of tension throughout the whole album. Thi ... (read more)

Report this review (#114931) | Posted by Flipper | Monday, March 12, 2007 | Review Permanlink

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