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WISE AFTER THE EVENT

Anthony Phillips

 

Symphonic Prog

3.81 | 191 ratings

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sgtpepper
3 stars This one is a more poppy, calmer and reflective effort by Phillips, also the most melancholic effort. Compositional qualities are set above playing virtuosity. Tracks are accessible.

Vocals play a prominent role and unlike most of the reviewers, I think they suit this kind of music well, although Phillips has a limited vocal and stylistic expression.

The first track is very much reminiscent of Genesis and unlike most of others, sounds happy. The next track has a fine electric guitar solo, not very often found on AP's albums.

The title tracks starts off monotonously but evolves into a Genesis acoustic/electric guitar intermezzo. Another highlight is a great Moog ending.

"Pulling faces" seems to be too ambitiour for AP's vocals, also this track feels to be out of place on this album. "Regrets" offers piano as a replacemen for acoustic guitar.

It keeps developing and features a dramatic and elaborate symphonic section in the middle with orchestra.

"Greenhouse" sounds more optimistic and closer to Beatles than Genesis. "Now what they are ..." belongs to the saddest songs in AP's canon. Emotional vocal, introspective atmosphere

and dramatic chorus section with synths, piano and acoustic guitar joined by Banksian piano lines + synths transform the listener into the wonderful world of Genesis between 1975-1978.

A very pleasant album but not for a progger, a pop/rock music lover will find more to find here. I like listening to this album when experiencing a low.

sgtpepper | 3/5 |

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