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FIELD DAY

Anthony Phillips

 

Symphonic Prog

4.21 | 78 ratings

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admireArt
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4 stars A highly prolific composer/performer, that more than once comes up with huge albums filled with lots of songs. It is a tough pace to follow, and as many prolific composers, not always all what they produce are exactly "gems", (in fact his 2012, "Seventh Heaven" album, was quiet dissapointing, IMO). Anyway, following the PA ratings on this "Field Day" project, I, do have to agree,that this is close enough to be one of his best albums. The Anthony Phillips, renaissance (the Art-period, not the prog-band) guitar flavor permeates most of the record, there are a few "bridges" ,with added instruments that sound a bit like his "early-Genesis" days , but this is basically an all-acoustic guitar, all A.P., project. What marks the difference mainly, from other of his albums, is the fact, that there are no unnecessary fillers, everything is worth its time to listen to, and even in his very personal approach, there are new proposals in his way of song-writing... One thing that should be interesting to "new-comers", is that no matter what kind of song Anthony Phillips plays, even the "sad" ones, almost always have a hopeful and "happy" after-taste. Which of course, is kind of "dangerous" considering the very thin line, from "corny", to beautiful. This work stays far away from the "corn" and is much closer to intelligent, well constructed songs, with splashes, in moderation, of "sweetness", but in perfectly balanced quantity of creativity. Therefore, I do agree with the ratings on this one, this is one of his best efforts, very accomplished and tastefully performed.

****4, perfectly deserved, PA stars.

admireArt | 4/5 |

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