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Magna Carta


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3.49 | 47 ratings

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3 stars Gathering in the harvest

Magna Carta is a band I would like to compare with Amazing Blondel in many respects. Both these bands make very pleasant Folk-influenced, primarily all-acoustic songs with sweet melodies and rather vague or loose connections to Prog. Indeed, this is not exactly Rock at all, but rather Folk or maybe Folk Pop. The sound of Magna Carta is often very similar to that of Simon & Garfunkel! Given the description that I have just given; dominantly acoustic music, not Rock, not particularly progressive, reminding of Simon & Garfunkel, etc. this is not something that I should like, but like with Amazing Blondel I find much charm in this music.

The melodies have a rather 60's sound and if there is anything progressive here it is not in the song structures. The title track is an exception, though. This ten minute song with narrated passages, choir, strings and a quite rocking electric part with Latin percussion, is undoubtedly Magna Carta's magnum opus and probably their most progressive song ever. Some of the other songs feature steel guitar and harmonica that give them a slight American sound. While overall, the sound is quite English.

This is a pleasant album, but I doubt that it will blow anybody away.

SouthSideoftheSky | 3/5 |


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