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3.5 out of 5

5 Ratings

If I wanted a Yes album, I would have bought one!!!

Equinox71,

I love Glass Hammer - especially "Inconsolable Secret" and "Lex Rex"! I was more than excited to get "IF" but having purchased it, I can barely listen to it. Why?...because it's not Glass Hammer as fans know them to be...it's a Yes clone and any identity that the band had prior to this is completely lost in the fact that this sounds 110% like an old Yes recording. The new singer is from a Yes tribute band and to the casual fan, he's a dead ringer for Jon Anderson. The music on "If" sounds squarely like it belongs in the mid-70s Yes catalogue and I can't help but think that this may well be a 'missing' third album to Yes' "Tales Of Topographic Oceans" release (which incidentally was two albums too long to begin with - as Rick Wakeman might agree). :-) Don't get me wrong - I love long and complex epics and GH can really come up with some amazing stuff in that regard (i.e. "Having Caught a Glimpse", etc). Sadly whatever "songs" there are on "If" are lost in the details and endless noodling. Add to that the fact that it sounds IDENTICAL to a band that already exists and albums that have already been made years ago, there is absolutely nothing progressive about this very disappointing release. Check out the new Spock's Beard "X" if you want something really progressive and more refreshing than this rehashed and recycled drivel. C'mon Glass Hammer, take back your own identity!!!

Great progressive music

cracker bob,

So what if it sounds like old Yes. That's what I enjoy about this release from Glass Hammer.

About Glass Hammer

Glass Hammer began in 1992 when Tennessee musicians Steve Babb and Fred Schendel got together and began writing for a progressive rock concept album. That album, Journey of the Dunadan, was released the following year. Since the two men were basically the entire lineup of the group and played all of the instruments on the album, they would need to recruit musicians to perform the material live. Schendel had played with a drummer named Walter Moore in his last group the Obvious. They brought him in to augment the live lineup. Michelle Young (who had sung on one song on the album) became keyboardist for this version of the group. In 1994 they recorded a second disc, Perelandra, with David Carter being added to the lineup during that recording. The CD was released the following year and shortly thereafter, Young left the group. The next Glass Hammer album, On to Evermore, was released in 1998 followed two years later by Chronometree. ~ Gary Hill

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