This new album from UK band Glacier is their second release, even though they started in 1979, they have gone through splits and reunions and their debut album was released in 2001. The music herein are of the so called neo-prog, some would say in the realm of IQ/Pendragon/Pallas, but I also detect a hint of Asia, listen to the first track "Whichone" with its great melody, a catchy hook line and a lead vocal not that far from a young John wetton.
It is one of those albums that grows on you at every spin (and there have been many since it arrived at my desk!) not overly complex, still not that simple. But Glacier certainly knows how to compose great tunes and with high class delivery from all six members!
The tracks are sometimes blended with narrative voices and "soundtracks" from fun fairs, nature or the likes. Not always a good idea, but in this case it works fine and complimenting the music and vice versa!!
You get beautiful thematic music, some (mosty) lighter, some heavier but never to heavy. I have come to love this album and it has certainly been sitting in my cd player for many a day, sometimes to change place with other great cd´s...only to get back quite frequently.
Which goes to show the golden rule of Progplanet, never dismiss a band or their album after one or few listenings!
Oh i must mention the guest on violin, which brings a bit of folky tendency to some of the tunes, as only the English bands can provide.
So, do I like it ?! I do, very much so..it is certainly going to my private collection!
Special mention the imaginative and superb guitars of John Youdale!
NOW GO GET IT!!