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Happy The Man

 

Eclectic Prog

3.48 | 89 ratings

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Evolver
Special Collaborator
Crossover & JR/F/Canterbury Teams
4 stars Like the album Beginnings, this is made up of self recorded demos. Unlike the other album, this was recorded after the band had some studio experience. And it shows. The sound quality here is much better. Almost flawless. And the songs themselves are as good as any on Happy The Man's major label releases. It's too bad for Arista that they followed the disco/punk train into the wasteland of mediocity.

This album's highlights are the set of tracks Shadow Shaping, Run Into The Ground, Footwork and Labyrinth. Honestly, if the entire album was as good as there four tracks, it would easily rate five stars. The above mentioned songs are excellent prog, using beautiful melodies over compound time signatures. Pure prog bliss if you ask me. The remainder of the songs are good, but often I find the vocal songs by HTM are just too pastoral for my tastes.

Evolver | 4/5 |

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