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Grand Stand


Symphonic Prog

4.13 | 68 ratings

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3 stars Very, very symphonic prog.

I first thought this was another Roine Stolt sideproject. This album reminds me a lot about his debut album The Flower King. The most symphonic parts of The Flower Kings and Genesis creative outputs is the most obvious references here. Which is both a compliment and a problem. The music is very, very nice. It also lacks identity. The only Grand Stand DNA profile I can come up with is the vocals. Besides of that, I would probably say The Flower Kings if blindtesting this album. I happens to be a fan of that band so Grand Stand is down my alley.

The music here is symphonic and the sound is modern. There is plenty use of guitars and tangents. Most moog and hammonds. This album has both a modern and a 1970s feel. The song structures is symphonic too with a lot of changing themes. The songs are long and driven by keyboards. Grand Stand is probably more compact than The Flower Kings which at times goes out on a tangent in their song structures. The quality of the songs are good too. Old Man's Tale and Jurassic Spark is the best songs here. I am not convinced that this is an excellent addition to a prog rock collection. If The Flower Kings and Genesis is kings in your world; please add this album and the other Grand Stand album. If not; this album is another good prog rock album. I happens to like it a lot. But I still prefer the originals.

3.75 stars

toroddfuglesteg | 3/5 |


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