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Anthony Phillips


Symphonic Prog

3.81 | 191 ratings

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3 stars The debut album from this little known musician was quite satisfactory for the genuine "Genesis" fan that I am. It was quite close to the wonderful "Trespass" atmosphere and I rated it with four stars.

This sophomore album is quite different.

At times more confidential like during the first two songs, at times more commercial like during "Moonshooter" which sounds at times as "Your Own Special Way". The feel is different while the title track is being played: to me, it sounds as a mix of pop music and "Supper's Ready". Not bad at all, but quite weird.

Still, this work is quite a left down in comparison to "Geese & the Ghost". Long pieces are alien, symphonic moments are scarce, but some prog friends are giving a hand (Giles, Collins).

But some attempts to sound like the Fab four are quite alien to prog to my opinion ("Regrets" or "Greenhouse"). At times, some songs also sound as being written by Jeff Lynne (but he was so close from the Fab four in terms of song writing?).

In all, this album is a good ballad and traditional soft rock one. Nothing too prog here, though. Average should I say. Five out of ten which I will upgrade to three stars since the rating options are VERY limited on this site.

ZowieZiggy | 3/5 |


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