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Odyssey

Post by Alatar » Fri Feb 10, 2006 8:58 am

I picked up the triple CD of "Odyssey: The Greatest Tale" recently, and here are my first impressions.

All the musicians were asjked to use 70's instruments, to add cohesion to the album. I think this decision worked well. There are three discs with three tracks each. There are over three hours of music here, with all songs being over twenty minutes, making it an orgy of prog excess. I loved it.

The Glass Hammer Song is, not surprisingly, in the style of their material for The Inconsolable Secret. It is of a similar quality to the music on The Inconsolable Secret too.

Of the other bands, I agree with Fred's assesment of Nathan Mahl and Minimum Vital as being the other two standout bands. Nathan Mahl sounds like Glass Hammer on Chronometree, and put in a fantastic effort.

One other band I would add though is CAP, an Italian band. Their lyrics are in Italian, which may put some people off, but I really liked them.

Overall, the album hangs together really well, although the different approaches to narrative are a little unsettling. Although the album is patchy in places, most of it is really fantastic, and there isn't a dud track.

So, anybody else heard it? What are other people's opinions?
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Re: Odyssey

Post by otteaux » Fri Oct 21, 2011 6:49 pm

Well... better late the never for a reply, huh? :)

I just purchased it on MP3 via Amazon. I've gotten through the first disc - I've never heard any songs from any of the bands other than GH (of course).

I liked some of the Nathan Mahl track, although it sort of dragged at bits. I absolutely LOVE the Nexus track! I really felt that I'd been taken on a journey after listening to that on headphones.

"At the Court of Alkinoos" is a fantastic track. I just keep listening to the first 3 minutes over and over again. The piano and female vocals (not sure if it's Beth, Flo, or Suzie) are just beautiful!

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Re: Odyssey

Post by MayorOfLongview » Sat Oct 22, 2011 7:39 am

otteaux wrote:Well... better late the never for a reply, huh? :)

I just purchased it on MP3 via Amazon. I've gotten through the first disc - I've never heard any songs from any of the bands other than GH (of course).

I liked some of the Nathan Mahl track, although it sort of dragged at bits. I absolutely LOVE the Nexus track! I really felt that I'd been taken on a journey after listening to that on headphones.

"At the Court of Alkinoos" is a fantastic track. I just keep listening to the first 3 minutes over and over again. The piano and female vocals (not sure if it's Beth, Flo, or Suzie) are just beautiful!
Those opening vocals are Susie and Laura Lindstrom. Laura sang Morrigan's Song on The Inconsolable Secret. She' (like Susie) has a beautiful voice. Glad you like the tune!
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Re: Odyssey

Post by Japes » Thu Nov 10, 2011 8:06 am

Hey, did you guys realize that In The Court of Alkinoos is on Spotify? I was just messing around with Spotify the other day and looked up Glass Hammer.
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