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MARRYING MAIDEN

It's A Beautiful Day

 

Proto-Prog

2.68 | 35 ratings

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ZowieZiggy
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2 stars Their debut album was quite a good psyche one, and since most of the reviews were quite good as well on this one, was rather keen to discover their sophomore record.

Needless to say that I was quite disillusioned while I heard some bloody stuff as "The Dolphins", which is nothing else than a poor Presley rock ballad. The great (but scarce) psyche parts of their debut album are unfortunately forgotten in this album.

OK: "Essence Of Now" is a delightful track which belongs to the best of the late sixties track of the genre. But it is frankly the only one from this album. When I listen to the dreadful but so US oriented "Hoedown", I can only recommend to "press next". But some other songs are quite wild and decent like "Soapstone Mountain".

At times, this work sounds as a very poor and early "Purple" stuff and I am not overall too enthusiastic about this album. Let us be realistic: there is NOTHING prog in here. At times: some fluting, some violin. But is this enough to describe this work as prog?

A song as "Let A Woman Flow" is sufficient to tell you all of the contrary. This album is not a good one, either in terms of prog music or just rock music. Two stars is a VERY generous rating, believe me. When I listen to the lousy "It Comes Right Down To You", the one star rating is even a subsequent suggestion.

As you might have understood, I don't like this album very much even if the sweet "Good Lovin'' offers a fine approach.. Psychedelic is mainly next door. Some decent "Bolero" feeling can still be taken under consideration ("Galileo"). Two stars overall.

ZowieZiggy | 2/5 |

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