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  • Audio CD (23 Oct. 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sound Real
  • ASIN: B0096N6BI2
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
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GLASS HAMMER Perilous CD

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Ignore the quite cheesy artwork on the cover, this album is a peach.
Production is superb, musicianship of the highest order and ontop of it all, great vocals.

If you like Yes, you will like it, but dont think of them simply as Yes clones, there is much more to this band.
Whilst there are little nods to the past, the sound is thoroughly modern.
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At the outset, let me say that I am a Yes fan, but for me, Jon Anderson's voice was an acquired taste, to put it politely. Actually, for many years his voice kept me from fully embracing the Yes sound. You can therefore understand that I am less than thrilled that Glass Hammer's current vocalist (third albumn behind the mike), sings so very like Jon Anderson. Of course, for many fans of GH, the closeness to the Yes sound is likely to be the primary drawcard and such people should rightly dismiss my few misgivings about this albumn.

For me, the lyrics are too dense and in many places the storyline is uncomfortably wedged into the generally good music. The lyrics therefore at times sound forced, or contrived. The arrival of the first long instrumental part came as a welcome relief to me. This is not a bad record - but if you want an impressive introduction to this band, don't start with Perilous - try Chronometry!
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With subtle orchestrations augmenting muscular rock panache and sweet vocal harmonies this concept album easily matches anything produced by the early seventies' Yes. I particularly like Fred Schendel's authentic hammond organ, mini-moog and other analogue keyboard sounds but this is not merely a nostalgic reworking of bygone musical sophistication; it clearly belongs to a new generation of musicians who love progressive music but are capable of taking it to new heights of slick co-ordination and melodic and rhythmic power. Steve Babbs' nimble bass underpins some great compositions and the guitarist Alan Shikoh even throws in a bit of sixties sitar. I guess the comparison with Yes is inevitable given vocalist's Jon Davison's current tenure with the band and, like his predecessor Benoit David, he had been in a Yes tribute band before joining the prog monsters. But Glass Hammer have much more depth and ability in the keyboard department than the current Yes and this is also evident in their ability to blend classical tones with choir, string trio and woodwind making it a complete musical adventure in its own right rather than an ego trip for individual rock stars. Highly recommended.
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Quite honestly, this is the album that Yes should have made instead of the forgettable 'Heaven & Earth' in 2014. Yes, I know that this album pre-dates the Yes effort by a couple of years, but the style and the glorious melodies of Glass Hammer knock spots off their Big Brother's more recent offerings. Ah, the old mellotron sounds, the Howe-esque guitars and Jon Davidson's soaring vocals make this a superb addition to the GH catalogue. However, it does come at a price ... Better to source it from America, but it's an album that you won't regret buying. Trust me.
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Its perhaps a little unfair to review this only half way through a 2nd listen, so allow me some slack if you will. During the 1st play, I found the numerous Yes references, plus it has to be said Genesis too, a tad annoying. THis is underlined by the tonal mimicry and phrasing of vocalist Jon Davison who on this outing is Jon Anderson's doppleganger. On a 2nd listen, I've got past this obvious comparison and actually started listening. The playing is 1st class, the arrangments -despite the Yes similarities- are thoughtfully interesting. Mood and atmosphere change before repetion set in and there is a nice balance between vocal and instrumental. I think it will reward repeated palyings, however, you will need to invest a lot of time as this clocks in around the hour mark. Perhaps, like Canadians Mystery (who have their own Anderson soundalike), Glass Hammer will build enough of a Uk following to make a trip across the Atlantic?
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