Autumn is here, the leaves
have fallen and a new Guy Manning CD is out...
I'm always excited when I get a new Manning
record because I know I will get some great music... but
also because I don't know what to expect. Usually a
Guy Manning album can be quite different from the
previous and this is again the case with Anser's Tree.
In fact, this one his possibly is most Prog Rock
album to date. Clearly it is some sort of an hommage to
seventies classic Progressive Rock. The first few tracks
are more accoustic than what we usually get from Guy
Manning. Because of his singing voice and flute
being featured in the music, Jethro Tull is an
easy reference to make. After a few listens though, I
find myself thinking more of old Camel or
The last few tracks on the CD offer a partial change
in genre even though, mostly because of the keys, there
is still a "vintage" mood present. There are some Jazzy
moments to be heard that almost reminds me of Steely
Anser's Tree is an excellent album, even
compared to Guy Manning's usual high standards.
If you are new to Manning's music, Anser's
Tree would be an excellent place to begin. If you
already are a fan, buying this one is clearly a
"no-brainer". Recommended indeed.