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KING OF ARAGON

Galleon

 

Neo-Prog

3.78 | 68 ratings

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Tarcisio Moura
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4 stars My first entry into the marvelous world of this swedish band. I must say I was not really ware of their CDs till recently when a friend on PA asked why I haven't write anything about them. And I must thank him, for although not very famous, Galleon is an excellent prog group. They have a respectable number os albums out and this is their third efford. I was curious about how they sound and was quite glad to find they are in fact very original.

Ok, obviously early Genesis was a strong inspiration, especially on the keyboards department (a lot of Bank's like lines and some Rutherford's trademark rhythm guitar licks here and there), but they managed to make up their own style of music quite fast. It was helped by Göran Fors unique voice: he has a warm and elegant way of singing that reminds me of no one else. Yet, their music is melodic and accessible, leaning heavier on the symphonic side of prog. More symphonic than neo, really. The band kept the old symphonic tradition of being a keyboard driven band. The guitar is not featured as proeminent here as on most neo prog acts. I loved the way they used the ol' good Rickenbaker bass guitar with its characteristic 70's prog sound!

The CD as a whole is very good, but I loved their two epics: the opener King Of Aragon (long historical narrations sorrounded by fine keys and tight rhythm) and the closer Long Lonely Shadows (great orchestral synths, fine arrangements and shifting moods). From Square to Circle is another powerful number, while Crime Wave with its more rocking rhythm is also very good. The quality falls short a little on Illusive Exhibition and I really dindn't like the alternative, dissonant style of Fall Of Spring. Those guys are much better when they stick with their melodic prog side. Production is only adequate.

Conclusion: even if not perfect, an excellent work form this swedish bunch. the two epics are worth the price of the CD alone in my opinion, But in the end I think I got more than that. I'm looking forward to hear more from this group. I list hope they get more noticed. 4 strong stars.

Tarcisio Moura | 4/5 |

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