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1967/ 1976
5 stars A great poetic mix between Folk, Jazz, Psychedelia, Blues, Rock, Soul, POP and Beat! Ladies and gentleman...: 'Music In A Doll's House'!

That I love not only because 'Music In A Doll's House' is one of my first Prog purchases in 1998 but because 'Music In A Dolls House' is a great piece of Prog that anticipates 'In The Court Of The Crimson King'!

The music is not Prog because Prog but it is Prog because innovative. Basically is POP with Soul and Rock but with insertion of a great mix about Folk, Psychedelia, Blues, Jazz and Beat. This mix transform the poetic halo that reign in the mind of John Whithey and Roger Chapman. Then the perfect Soul vibrato voice of Roger Chapman is the rest of this poetry! The songs are all magical, also because not pushed into difficulties, often supported by heavy arrangements but never intrusive, honests but bastards that are an integral part of writing. So it is difficult to see a defect in 'Music In A Dolls House' writing (P.s.: 'Never Like This' is by Dave Mason of Traffic that is also the album producer).

Speaking of sound: the structure of songs are really simple. Basically a not powerful Rhythm section is implemented by the Black vibrato voice of Chapman plus the other instruments. Interesting is the idea of the three 'Variations On A Theme of...', short re-arrangement of 'Hey Mr. Policeman', 'The breeze' and 'Me, My Friend'.

But if I speak about the songs I speak about a simple songs. The general description of songs is already written. Certainly 'Music In A Doll's House' is an album to listen because the words fail to be effective for groped to describe this masterpiece.

In my opinion 'Music In A Doll's House' is Prog at the same level of 'In The Court Of The Crimson King' but with more poetry and magic.

1967/ 1976 | 5/5 |


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