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NIGHT

Gazpacho

 

Crossover Prog

4.10 | 588 ratings

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The Crow
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3 stars Here is my first review of Norway's Gazpacho. And I will start with their fourth effort called Night!

With the first epic Dream of Stone, they set the things clear. They make a very influenced by Marillion (the beginning of Chequered Light Buildings could be included in any of the Steve Hogarth's albums) modern prog with some glimpses of Radiohead (particularly in the shorter tracks) and with some strings and beautiful keyboards which give an extra layer of melancholy to the songs, acting also as some kind of emotional Nexus between the songs.

The production is very good, and all the guys play majestically their instruments. But I have a problem with Ohme's vocals. He sings all the time in a forced high-pitched tone which is annoying to me. He sings accurately almost all the tones and he performs a good interpretation of the beautiful lyrics of the band, but I find his voice repetitive and boring in the long term.

Sadly, this fact makes the album lose a whole point along with the fact of the inclusion of a track that is clearly under the rest like the repetitive Valerie's Friend, making Night a very good album where could have been an excellent one.

Best Tracks: Dream of Stone (long, epic and beautiful), Upside Down (excellent piano melodies, a fine crescendo at the end and marvelous strings and flutes too) and Massive Illusion (I particularly enjoy the choirs in this one)

Conclusion: Night is a very good example of sentimental, melancholic and very well written modern prog-music with influences of Marillion, Radiohead and Sigur Ros. Sadly, I find the singing of the front man just not good enough for this band and this is a fact that I just cannot forget, because he is very present in the whole record.

Nevertheless, if you have not heard Night yet I can recommend it to you whole hearted because this music is really first class.

My rating: ***

The Crow | 3/5 |

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