Monday 28 December 2015

Glass Hammer - The Breaking Of The World (2015)

The sixteenth and so far most recent album from this US band.

The band is back again with the same people and lineup as on the previous album Ode To Echo.

Jon Davison is now a fulltime member of Yes so Carl Groves does all the vocals. He is helped by Susie Bogdanowicz again. Fred Schendel and Steve Babb is still at the helm of this band.

The music follows in the same vein as Ode To Echo. Elegance over bombastic keyboard and guitars cascades. Which works very well on the two opening tracks Mythopoeia and Third Floor. They are the best two tracks here.

The music is both elegant and complex. Steve Unruh's violins adds a lot of folk music to the proceedings and another dimension. There is some Americana on this album, indeed.

Steve Babb and Fred Schendel knows which buttons to press to get everything out of each song. Which is very much needed here because the songs are not particular good. So a lot of details and artistery has been added by the various musicians. They have succeeded.

The end result is a good Glass Hammer album. It is by no means their best album. But it is so full of intricate details and melodies that it will keep our attention until the next Glass Hammer album. An album I am again looking forward to.

3 points

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