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William D. Drake


Eclectic Prog

3.56 | 23 ratings

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4 stars I think this album just has to grown on you. All in all it feels rather modest when first heard, but it will appear to be more intricate after a couple of spins.

My first impression was "Cardiacs light" which here is a compliment rather than a complaint. Normally I'm no fan of offspring of the "real thing", but here I will happily make an exception. It is not as if WDD tries to prolong what was, but it's just as if he "moved" his soul and continues on his way in a perefctly natural manner. Of course it's different compared to Cardiacs, more mellow beauty, but similar to the same kind of beauty present in Cardiacs where it only is obfuscated behind the walls of sound. The roots are unmistakenly there (which DOES make it progressive btw) and the question comes to mind whether perhaps WDD at Cardiacs might have had a greater compositional influence than has always been acknowledged.

This is a fine album, nice voices, melodies which at times are pleasantly challenging and some greatly performed piano and clarinet playing.

jeromach | 4/5 |


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