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SLEEPERS

Galahad

 

Neo-Prog

3.49 | 114 ratings

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ZowieZiggy
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3 stars Three songs from this album were already written as soon as in 1992.

The epic and title track, which turns out to be a good and interesting song after all. It takes a while to kick off, that's for sure, but one the whole band comes to the party, this number is definitely one of the best they have written. Fine vocals and conservative keyboarding.

"Dentist Song" is the second of these older song to be featured and it has little to do with "Sleepers". Just a little pop neo-prog tune. Press nextT. The third one of the kind is "Before, After And Beyond".

The poppiest of all, "Julie Anne" holds a very catchy melody; it is a sweet and gentle song which automatically recalls me of "Julia" ("Pavlov's Dog"). Not thanks to the vocals (one can't match Surkamp's ones) but to the chorus line. Pretty similar and very pleasant.

But I would say that this is the main tendency. Music is fine, even if not highly creative. There is always a moment during which one can tell: this sounds like "G.." or related. But this is the essence of the genre. Some bands do re-create these atmospheres quite well. Others don't.

In this work, "Galahad" is doing alright. A composition as "Live & Learn" brings sufficient complexity to be attractive. This track is again very much keyboard oriented and quite convincing actually.

As if he was obliged to do so (and IMHHO he was not), Nicholson is incorporating some Gabriel-esque atmospheres in his tone of voice during "Exorcising Demons". Lots of off-beats, and again the leading role played by the keyboards duet. One of the best song featured. I particularly like the final guitar solo. Guess to whom it reminds me?

The problem again with this album is its length. A band should understand that it is at times wiser to produce a shorter and more interesting effort than just record a lengthy one ("Middleground" could have easily be skipped IMO).

The second epic (almost twelve minutes) "Amaranth" holds a bit what I like (vocals) and dislike (obvious and too close "Genesis" instrumental parts) here. A good cloning affair though. The finale is seriously Pictures & Exhibitions oriented.

Still, I have always liked this album (maybe more during the first few listening). Three stars, synonym of a good album. But if you are an "orthodox", you should pass your way.

ZowieZiggy | 3/5 |

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