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3 stars An eclectic one.....

It has taken me ages and tens of listening sessions to get my head around this album. For a simple minded, slightly braindead man like myself, this album asks a lot. My review of their debut album was also a shallow putdown of that album. I believe I gave it two stars. So I have taken more time on this album.

I believe we all agree that GNIDROLOG is one of those sadly ignored British prog rock bands. With the release of both their first two albums on one CD, this band will get the attention it deserve. GNIDROLOG is most definate a fascinating band with very fascinating music. Fascinating..... but any good ?

The answer is yes to that question. The album starts with the rather catchy and the very infectious epic I could never be a soldier. At over elleven minutes, it draws you in with it's moods and swings. The similarities to VDGG is obvious. But it becomes pretty clear that GNIDROLOG has their very unique style. This is an excellent track. The album continues in the same style and with a frequent use of saxophone which draws the similarities to VDGG again and some of SOFT MACHINE's more jazzy moments (ie Third). The music is very complex and moody at the same time. The title track is a gem too with it's moods and strong melody. Somehow, I get some DAVID BOWIE vibes here. Well, Mr. Bowie was really never as good as GNIDROLOG. The last song Social Embarrassment has some very strong GENTLE GIANT vibes.

My main impression though after having being totally exhausted by this album is that it is multi-layered and very demanding to the listener. In other words; a gem. I am not totally won over by it. Maybe I should give it another year or another decade. It is most definate a keeper in my record collection because it challenges me every time I am listening to it. But it is not my cup of tea anno 2009.

3.75 stars.

toroddfuglesteg | 3/5 |


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