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    Posted: January 10 2011 at 11:45
Hi Guys, I just blind bought this album solely on the strength of your voting powers in the PA Top 100, so I have it in my hands now, so what should I expect from it musically, is it one of those that bring immediate joy or will I need to give a few listens? So what is Anglagard's signature sound, keyboard, vocal, guitar etc...and basically is it overhyped...Thanks in advanceSmile






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You must be joking.....Take a running jump......
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I don't like it much at all.  While there's a lot going on- and some of it is good- it's a mess in terms of composition.  Tough for me to get through, to be honest.
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Why not just listen to it, and then tell us what you thought.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Snow Dog Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 10 2011 at 12:57
To be honest it took me a lot, a lot of listenings to "get it". It's a good album though and rewards further listening.Wink 
Coldness doth get away with the badness.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Snow Dog Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 10 2011 at 12:59
Originally posted by Tony R

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You getting tired of people starting threads in the obviously wrong section?LOL


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Coldness doth get away with the badness.
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Originally posted by Epignosis

it's a mess in terms of composition.


I couldn't disagree with this statement more. By all means call it unnecessarily complex, too busy etc. if that's how it strikes you, but to state that such complexities render the album "a mess" is both grossly unfair and rather inaccurate.

Anglagard are one of the few "retro-prog" artists I have any time for these days. Make of that what you will.

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Originally posted by Snow Dog

To be honest it took me a lot, a lot of listenings to "get it". It's a good album though and rewards further listening.Wink 

Same here, is a really complex album and kinda difficult to enjoy at a first listen, you know you're in front of something pretty good but it takes a while to get into it... but it's definitively an "easier" listen than their following album. 
I think I couldn't even finish listening Epilog the first four or five times I played it...
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Well, let us know what you think. For my part, an excellent album.


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Post Options Post Options   Quote mystic fred Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 10 2011 at 13:32
I would happily pay 200 GBP for a vinyl copy if i could find one..
 
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I got my copy today, and It's great.
Complex and yet heavenly beautiful...
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Post Options Post Options   Quote lazland Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 10 2011 at 13:51
Originally posted by BlindGuard

I got my copy today, and It's great.
Complex and yet heavenly beautiful...


That's a nice way of putting it. Why don't you post a review?


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It's the only truly original post 1980 symphonic prog album that I've stumbled across.
Very beautifully written/played with a unique atmosphere.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote lazland Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 10 2011 at 14:06
Originally posted by richardh

It's the only truly original post 1980 symphonic prog album that I've stumbled across.
Very beautifully written/played with a unique atmosphere.


Although completely different in texture, I would thoroughly recommend David Minasian's 2010 release, Random Acts Of Beauty.


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Post Options Post Options   Quote richardh Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 10 2011 at 14:27
Originally posted by lazland

Originally posted by richardh

It's the only truly original post 1980 symphonic prog album that I've stumbled across.
Very beautifully written/played with a unique atmosphere.


Although completely different in texture, I would thoroughly recommend David Minasian's 2010 release, Random Acts Of Beauty.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Snow Dog Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 10 2011 at 14:28
I prefer Wobbler personally.
Coldness doth get away with the badness.
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Certainly not an easy album to digest but very very good, give it a chance and you will probably enjoy it.
I personally miss a bit more of traditional melody, harmony and structure because I like complex music yet still with "musicality" if you know what I mean. But a great album anyway.
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it brought me "immediate joy"

I prefer Epilog, though, if only by a little.  Both are 5* albums


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Post Options Post Options   Quote Man With Hat Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 10 2011 at 18:18
I like it.
 
I agree with TP that is top of the heap "retro-prog". Took me a little while to fully enjoy it, though the track streaming from PA was love at first listen.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote wilmon91 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 10 2011 at 18:44
Bearing in mind the amount of praise that I've read about this band, and this album, I think it must be the most overrated prog band / album. I got it somewhere in -97, and I never really liked it. But there are parts of it which I've had on my mind off and on through the years, and there's something about the expression of a flute which is very honest.
 
One obvious source of inspiration is Genesis (Nursery Cryme and Foxtrot particularly). I don't like the sound of the drums , and neither the drum playing. The tom-toms don't have any ring to them, they are too dampened, which is annoying. The playing is a bit stiff and over-dramatic.
 
There's a scandinavian folksong influence in the music. "Vandringar i vilsenhet" begins with a very folksong-ish melody.
 
You can feel that there's a lot of ambition behind the album though. But it feels a little over-ambitious. The harmonies and melodies aren't interesting enough to be used as the foundation to compositions of such dramatic proportions.
 
But that's just my opinion.
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