Gracious are probably best known through their association with Vertigo records, rather than for their musical output, which is a shame, as some of their music is really very good. But then some of it is not quite so appealing. And there lies the rub. Their first album was created almost like a musical collage, with snippets of different tunes and melodies all strung together to tell the rather grandiose tale of Heaven and Hell. While the concept is great, what they really needed was someone in the quality control department. The good riffs and melodies are fabulous, and you can't help but wish that they'd taken more time to develop those into more than the 30 second bursts that they tend to be. But then I suppose that might have detracted from what is a slightly nieve, certainly dated, but ultimately very enjoyable listen.
Their second album sounds much more developed, which robs it of some of the 1st album's charm, and therefore pushes it more into the light of comparison with other UK prog bands of the time. And sadly finds Gracious lacking. The first track is a 20 minute opus which benefits greatly from the much needed quality control. Although you find yourself losing interest at points as it drifts over you. The remaining tracks are much more conventional in structure and length, but again, never succeed in unleashing any truly memorable melodies which stick with you.
If you're looking to complete your Vertigo collection, or just hanker for some early prog and melotron, then there's much to enjoy here. Just don't expect too much and you won't be disappointed.