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Glass Hammer

 

Symphonic Prog

3.89 | 304 ratings

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Evolver
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4 stars It appears that when Glass Hammer was in the studio in 2007 recording "Culture Of Ascent", and Yes' frontman Jon Anderson was adding some tracks as a guest artist, Fred Schendel and Steve Babb had the foresight to gather up some of the spittle from the microphone, whisk it away and extract the DNA and begin the cloning process. "Jon Davison" indeed. We can see through your ruse.

Seriously, it's no surprise that when Yes needed a singer on short notice they came to Davison, who's vocal range, timbre, and phrasing all sound like the second coming of Anderson. Add that to Babb's Chris Sqire-like bass lines, Schendel's Sort-of-Wakeman-but-more-like-Kaye keyboards, and introduce Alan Shikoh, who along with Schendel's steel guitar do a fair Steve Howe, you have a band that sounds as much like Yes as Fish-era Marillion sounded like early Genesis.

Compositionally, each song sounds to me like Roine Stolt wrote some songs, and gave them to Yes to record. But each piece has moments where if I wasn't paying attention, I could easily mistake this for a lost Yes album.

But you know what? It works. It's actually very good Yes music. And sing at that point Yes hadn't been creating new music for a while (and their more recent effort was disappointingly un-Yeslike), I'll be glad that someone is carrying on the tradition.

Evolver | 4/5 |

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