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The Octopus
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on 22 February 2015
Guitar heaven .
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 2 April 2013
Do you like Octopi?
Do you like Amplifiers?
Do you like lots of little stickers with a fanciful Octopus on them that you can stick all around your house thereby driving your wife bats?

THEN GET THIS! NOW!
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1 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 4 March 2013
Having read the Reviews back in 2011 I bought the album with high hopes. It was certainly not what I was expecting and despite plenty of listens I struggle to see why it is so highly reviewed. I seem to recall the CD came with a lable saying it was the standard by which all Prog will be judged! That is a major statement to make for something of this standard, which I revisited again the other day. Whilst some of it is not bad and the odd bit quite good, it is not an album I will be putting on very often and only then probably just to keep trying to get it! Far too much is very mediocre and it just tries too hard to be clever, resulting in something that just sounds poor. If you like musical considered prog with good instrumentation, then I would recommend you try and listen to a few tracks before buying it. If buying another of a bands albums is a good sign, then please note I have no intention of spending money on any other Amplifier album. This is from someone who loves prog from early 70's Genesis to Marillion and Porcupine Tree through to listening to Riverside's latest offering whilst I type this. If you want to try a top Prog album with some great guitar then Riverside's Second Life Syndrome is not far off prog perfection. I now have all their albums.
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2 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on 5 April 2013
I bought this after hearing a track I liked on the radio from the new album.
It was priced cheaply, and I thought that even if I only liked 3 or 4 of the tracks within the 2 hours, it would be money well spent.
Sadly, despite repeated plays, there is not a single track that stands out as anything special. It is prog-rock-by-numbers, I'm afraid, and an absolute insult to the great bands of the 70's that innovated and excited.
Most tracks follow the same format, start with a few odd noises or effects, then the sombre and doom laden thump thump of the drums begin, then the guitars. Very few of the words are actually audible, which is probably just as well, but there are no tunes, no variation in vocal delivery, no dynamics in the music. The vocalist has got a decent voice, and the musicianship is ok, but the lacklustre songwriting is so bad it's depressing.
Seriously, if anyone thinks this is good, they need to listen to Relayer by Yes, Larks Tongues in Aspic, by King Crimson, Tarkus by ELP, music bursting with light and shade, dynamic and inspiration. More recently, Porcupine Tree, for example, have come out with some good stuff. There's a huge amount of really good prog made over a period of 40 years.
The Octopus is not prog rock, it is an embarrassing, turgid, dull mess, and it actually makes me angry that some people have been taken in by it.
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