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FIELD DAY

Anthony Phillips

 

Symphonic Prog

4.22 | 90 ratings

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admireArt
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4 stars A highly prolific composer/performer, that more than once comes up with huge albums filled with lots of songs. It is a tough pace to follow, and as many prolific composers, not always all what they produce are exactly "gems", (in fact his 2012, "Seventh Heaven" album, was quiet dissapointing, IMO).

Anyway, following the PA ratings on this "Field Day" project, I, do have to agree that this is close enough to be one of his best albums. The Anthony Phillips renaissance (the Art-period not the prog-band) guitar flavor permeates most of the record, there are a few "bridges" with added instruments that sound a bit like his (short) early-Genesis days but this is basically an all-acoustic guitar, all A. Phillips album.

What makes the difference mainly from other of his albums is the fact that there are no unnecessary fillers, everything is worth its time to listen to and even in his very personal approach there are new proposals in his way of songwriting...

One thing that should be interesting for "new-comers", is that no matter what kind of song Anthony Phillips plays, even the "sad" ones, almost always have a hopeful and "happy" after-taste, which of course, is kind of "dangerous" , considering the very thin line from "corny" to beautiful.

This work stays far away from the "corn" and much closer to intelligent & well constructed songs, with splashes, in moderation, of "sweetness", but in perfectly balanced quantity of creativity. Therefore, I do agree with the ratings on this one, this is one of his best efforts, very accomplished and tastefully performed.

**** Perfectly deserved, PA stars.

admireArt | 4/5 |

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