Prog rock is a genre I'd pretty much left behind in the 70s, having come to prefer jazz and tango. Procol Harum is one of the few bands from the past I continued to follow though they are not a prog band in the strictest sense of the word. In the past couple of years, however, I have been introduced to a number of fine modern bands that have rekindled my interest in prog with a vengeance. Glass Hammer is one of those.
The first GH CD I bought was Lex Rex. I liked it well enough to pick up a couple of others so I could get a wider sense of what the band is about. When Shadowlands was released, I ordered it expecting great things...and great things are what I got!
In Shadowlands, Glass Hammer combines all the best impulses of 70s prog with a 21st century sensibility. This CD is truly a musical feast for the discriminating listener. I liked most of it first listen through. My favorite cuts are Run Lisette and the epic Behind the Great Beyond. The virtuosity of these guys is astonishing!
I admit I smirked when I read the first reviewer's caustic comments about the inclusion of Dan Fogelberg's "Longer". My first reaction to it was similar to his. The song is commercial and more than a little cheesy, but Glass Hammer actually did a great job reworking it and making it a song that won't make you cringe when you hear it. Even those automatically disposed to sneer at pap will have to agree on hearing Glass Hammer's rendition that they have made it very listenable.
I highly recommend Shadowlands to any serious fan of prog rock. Sadly, it will probably never get the airplay it deserves, but the prog community can help to ensure that it gets heard by buying it and playing it for as many friends as possible. With nearly an hour of more great modern prog for your listening pleasure, this gets five easy stars.
- Audio-cd (30 juni 1990)
- Oorspronkelijke publicatiedatum: 30 juni 1990
- Aantal schijven: 1
- Label: Arion
- ASIN: B00018J7GY
- Klantenrecensies: 22 klantbeoordelingen
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