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Glass Hammer


Symphonic Prog

3.40 | 194 ratings

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2 stars After having released some seven YesAlbums, Glass Hammer is even striking harder in the similarity. For this one, they just asked Roger Dean to design the cover of their album.

I guess that for the next one, they just will ask one of the YesGiant to join. Let's have a bet upon this...

"The Inconsolable Secret". I bet you! I'm Inconsolable indeed when I listen to this album.

Overlong and dull music during the first part of this double CD set. As if those clones would have liked to reproduced some double album of whom you might know.

One gets all the YesIngredients we all know, except the vocals which are extremely poor. To digest such long pieces as "A Maker Of Crowns" and "The Knight Of The North" is quite a difficult job. Not a single moment of inventiveness nor passion. Flatness all the way through. And nothing else. "Maker." is particularly hard to listen to.

Thinking that there are people mentioning that this band is one of the best US prog band is quite amazing. Quite shocking actually. While listening to the bloody long "The Knight." and its ELP sounds I am just bored. An extremely pale copy of an original. Musically it is not so bad, but the vocals! Oh boy. So miserable! There are no other words. I can't understand how such a mediocre band can get so many high ratings and consideration.

IMHHO, they are just a very, very pale copy of some prog giants. And unlike some others of the genre, they just can't thrill me. To listen to this double CD set is not a gorgeous experience. Some fine keys during very brief moments, some Howe oriented guitar parts. And that's it.

The first section of this double album is REALLY painful. Talking about great epics is nonsense as far as I am concerned. Just a long and dull musical experience, unfortunately. Almost as weak as their two "Tolkien" oriented albums.

If wasting time doesn't bother you, you might do as I have done. Listen to this album from start to finish a couple of times and call it definitely quit. Because the second CD is not very much more enjoyable than the first one. It's just half longer.

Thanks to some instrumental pieces or some lead vocals oriented songs (thanks Susie), this second leg is still more listenable. Like the truly symphonic "The High Place" for instance. But don't expect any masterpiece. These are completely alien to this work. The epic and closing number "Having Caught A Glimpse" being another long and dull moment. One out of many...

Two stars is a very favourable rating.

ZowieZiggy | 2/5 |


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