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Canterbury Scene

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5 stars A magnificent piece of work:

"In The Land Of Grey And Pink" is probably my favourite album to come out of the Canterbury Scene. I'm not really a huge fan of Caravan but this was a great album for me to listen to, although it take a couple of times for me to hear the beauty of it. It brings in various genres such as jazz and psychedelic music which pop up every now and then, adding eccentric flavours to the album and keeping you interested. If you are only just starting to listen to prog rock bands such as Yes and Genesis, I would definitely give this a couple of tries and see what you think of it - a very accessible album.

Almost everything about this album is excellent, right down to the cover: a perfect psychedelic scene that slots right into place with the music. "Golf Girl" has a very upbeat feel with interesting chord progressions and instruments right from the start - one of the best opening tracks to a prog rock album. This is followed by the more folky and relaxed "Winter Wine" (my personal favourite) with profound lyrics, odd time signatures and a strangely brilliant guitar tone during the solo (later appearing in the title track). "Love To Love You" brings more of a pop element, but still keeping the prog rock feel with the 7/8 time signature throughout. The next track "In The Land Of Grey And Pink" almost echoes a combination of "Golf Girl" and "Winter Wine", with more fantastic lyrics, chord progressions, and atmosphere. The final track "Nine Feet Underground" was a little bit of a let down if I'm honest. Definitely a great track, don't get me wrong, but at times it sounds like it doesn't really have a formed structure and is more of a live jam that doesn't really fit in with the maturity of the album in some ways. Still some brilliant moments throughout (the lyrics and melodies remain consistent to the very high standard), and a more than commendable closing track.

A(+): A much needed addition to anyone's prog rock collection.

Golf Girl - ***** Winter Wine - ***** Love To Love You - **** In The Land Of Grey And Pink - ***** Nine Feet Underground - *****

Xonty | 5/5 |


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