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TIME OF CHANGE

The Trip

 

Rock Progressivo Italiano

3.20 | 48 ratings

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Mellotron Storm
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3 stars THE TRIP's final album is quite different from the previous one even if it is the same lineup.

The record starts off with a side long suite called "Phapsodia" clocking in at 20 minutes. Not the usual singer on this one and he sounds a lot like Jon Anderson, and because of that this does sound too much like YES at times. Sounds build as piano joins in. It kicks in before 2 minutes followed by a silent calm. Kicks back in again with organ and drums this time.The high pitched vocals arrive for he first time. When they stop the fat bass and pounding drums impress. Great section. Vocals are back at 10 minutes. We get a silly section after 13 1/2 minutes with vocals. Piano follows but i'm still not liking this (they must be ELP fans). It finally changes 18 minutes in but then this rhythm comes in late that is just bad.

"Formula Nova" opens with piano and drums as the bass joins in.This is an uptempo instrumental and a good one. "De Sensibus" is even better. My favourite track here. Church bells and blowing wind create some killer atmosphere. Very haunting to say the least. Whispers and percussion can also be heard. "Corale" opens with some great sounding bass and organ. It settles with vocals (the other singer from the last album). It picks up as contrasts continue. "Ad Libitum" is a piano dominated piece that's okay.

So very hit and miss for me, but an interesting listen. I like the previous album more, barely 3 stars.

Mellotron Storm | 3/5 |

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