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4 stars Lady Lake is the second studio album from Welch act Gnidrolog. I enjoyed the bandīs previous album In Spite Of Harry's Toenail, but never found it excellent. Lady Lake is unmistakably Gnidrolog with the Peter Hammill ( Van der Graaf Generator)like vocals from Colin Goldring, the Ian Anderson ( Jethro Tull) and David Jackson ( Van der Graaf Generator) like flute and sax playing and Gnidrologīs conscious choice not to include a keyboard player in the ranks.

Lady Lake consists of six tracks. The opener I could never be a soldier has lots of beautiful flute playing. Itīs an 11:36 minute long track and even though itīs a great track itīs probably my least favorite on the album. In the end of the song weīre introduced to new man John Earleīs powerful and excellent sax playing. Ship is next and itīs a song with great brass arrangements, but itīs a bit repetitive. Great song though. At this point I thought to myself that this was a big 3 star album. Next song is A dog with no collar which is a short beautiful song. If I ever considered giving Lady Lake 3 stars that is not in my thoughts anymore after listening to the title track. What a dark, majestic and wonderful song. Again the sax playing is fantastic. Same Dreams is the only song with piano from guest Charlotte Fendrich. Itīs a short and rather strange love song. Social embarrassment is like the title track a dark and powerful song with John Earle on vocals. Iīm really impressed at this point and couldnīt dream of giving the album 3 stars.

The musicianship is excellent and I have to give a special mention to the new man John Earle. He has really given this album the extra dimension that Gnidrolog needed to make a unique and extraordinaire album. Sax and flute enthusiasts should take a listen to his playing.

The production is great and detailed.

Itīs taken me a while and many listens to appreciate Lady Lake but finally I understand what a unique and excellent album this is. For me this is not a full masterpiece but itīs certainly a sure 4 star album.

UMUR | 4/5 |


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