After a two year absence seminal American prog rock band Glass Hammer is back with a new album, Three Cheers for the Broken-Hearted. While the prog elements and influences of yesteryear remain, like early Genesis, Yes, Kansas, and Jon Anderson, fans may find this work a bit different: generally shorter songs with a subdued and melancholy sound. Three Cheers for the Broken-Hearted seems to have two sides to the whole. First, there are those songs that feature Susie Bogdanowicz's dreamy vocals that entice and persuade like a siren. Come On, Come On, A Rose for Emily, and A Bitter Wind are exemplary and solemn stages for her masterful performances. The second side of this work are the pure progressive rock songs which invoke ingenuity, eclecticism, and depth. The Lure of Dreams moves along with a well paced heaviness made lush by Bogdanowicz and the vocal arrangements. The Mid-Life Weird is made so by some eclectic synth work. The Curse They Weave reveals a slightly heavier motif again, but is made smooth and surreal by the keyboard work. However, the quintessential Glass Hammer style, the one that fans will most recognize, comes on the longer Hyperbole, a tour de force displying their talent for intriguing song compositions and masterful musicianship. Glass Hammer's Three Cheers for the Broken-Hearted is another impressive and innovative work from these prog rock masters. It's good to have them back. Very recommended.
Glass Hammer's Three Cheers for the Broken-Hearted is another impressive and innovative work from these prog rock masters. It's good to have them back. Very recommended.
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