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IF

Glass Hammer

 

Symphonic Prog

3.89 | 304 ratings

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lor68
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3 stars Finally They have come back to their original roots, in their classic prog line-up!! In fact It seems another long-standing epic number, instead it has been just produced under a new brand ensemble (fortunately)- and issued on 2010. Moreover it's a pure symphonic progressive rock album, without compromises!! If you like "Lex Rex" for instance, for sure you will appreciate the present "If" as well!! A lot of Mellotrons - Hammond and Pipe Organs, enriched by means of some interesting solos and of course the Moogs...I can't say it's a complete step beyond, for example in comparison to their previous album entitled "Inconsolable Secret", cause naturally (as I've told you above) this is the return to their roots, according to a kind of "gift" to the seventies I mean..otherwise They often were in the habit to be pleased by means of this 70's prog-oriented music, as it happened in their past...Jon Davison is a good singer and also the jazz guitarist Alna Shikoh is clever, together being a couple of important "new entries". Perhaps the best album track is the suite "If The Sun", twenty-four minute long, thanks to the contribution of these two new musicians; while along with the other five tracks, the whole album is sixty-six minutes long, being composed by quite complex and all aligned tunes anyway, but it's not particularly prolix. As for all these reasons and also by considering precisely such a complete alignement from the beginning to its conclusion, I can't evaluate the present work (anyway good) higher than a three star evaluation; even though it's well played and introduced by a pretty album cover after all (regardless of a fine computer graphic definition and its design, which is epic indeedl!!...).

At the end this is a typical album by G.H., which you can love or hate (no half measures)- and if you're completely into their style you can add one star in the final score...regarding of a die-hard fan naturally!!

lor68 | 3/5 |

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