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PLEASE BE QUIET

Gungfly

 

Crossover Prog

3.96 | 71 ratings

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Marty McFly
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5 stars Quiet, subtle piano and voice (let's talk about it later): "It's early in the morning, when they come, and I like to sleep until three, but she hates this life as much as I..." starts first track here, Whiskers. I've realized that even this song looks like love song about his girl, "whiskers" reference hints that it's actually about his cat. Good one Rikard, you got me here.

Oh, I almost forgot, his voice was one of the best things about Beardfish (one of more great things about this band), so here, it simply shines. "I got down so low, so low [deep bass voice], so low...". Funny Prog music reigns again and for this, I'm always glad. This album flows forward easily, is very pleasant to listen, provides some elements (bass, keyboards twists) from Beardfish (also funny element, so rare in modern Prog music, well, not so many people do shrooms I suppose [OK, this is not drug inducted music as well, but this relation seemed so clear, heh]).

Cover art of person (of some kind, gender, age) done in monumental way (like some kind of ancient fallen statue, with these circle ripples, that are confusing quite a bit). On and On kicks in and stays in faster pace, except short part where there's some kind of interlude towards the rest of song to finally graduate again. Backing vocals together with crazy guitar, building of this song step by step, vocal work (hell, he's so Progressive in this). What more can I say ?

Maybe to continue with No Remorse stars with completely different style of singing again (I'm used to it, it's basic foundation of this album after all). Yes, there's no remorse to multi-instrumental part right after intro, which is some kind of singed "solo" that continues with synthesizers produced solo (real one this time). Song flows like the old river and has very special atmosphere, the accordion is shining star here. And with glimpse of something strange in the very end (last 15 seconds of the song are quite, well, unique)

And going on with Before the Winter which goes into spanish (really?) rhythm, with accordion in the middle (is it really good old acc?) with some kind of "Eagles - Hotel California" guitar solo. These are the best moments here I suppose.

Rumbling Boxes has weird lyrics with sparks of miniature choruses. However, this breaks in the middle, where we experience tiny drums solo and some more jazzy-like lyrics with specific Beardfish (or Rikard's?) atmosphere. And it's changing again in around 6 minutes onwards. It's The Changing Song I would say, full of tiny bits joined in a clever way together. It's like "Paris I Love You" (film), or this episode of The Simpsons (21 short stories about Springfield). Ending with wild keyboard solo.

5(-) to be honest, because if you're fan of Beardfish, you'll love it. And if you're not fan of BF, you're in quite minority here. I like to exaggerate from time to time, when I have a reason to do so. And here, you can find many reasons to do so. Some people may find some songs not so "Prog", however, let's examine them more closely. Hey, just try vocals here, how variable his voice can be. It's strange, but I consider it as the most Progressive thing here. He has more place than in Beardfish to show and prove his skills and, well, it works.

Marty McFly | 5/5 |

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