Thursday, February 09, 2006

Album of the Day

As Far As We Get, by Dagmähr (2001): This is the second album from this (French?) Canadian quartet. I'll give them this - they certainly set the stage well in the liner notes, boldly proclaiming that "[i]f you want to be in a 70'[s] prog mood, grab Foxtrot or Close to the Edge." Progressive rock, they write "means doing the best music possible without feeling forced to repeat the past." I'd say that, generally, they live up to their challenge. The music here, dark and symphonic, is clearly influenced by the 70s prog giants, but doesn't devolve into a "spot the riff" competition at any point. In fact, the album which I'm reminded of most when listening to this disc is Discipline's Unfolded Like Staircase from 1997.

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