The Acoustic Verses

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All Music Guide - Greg Prato
Although most modern-day prog metallists list such bands as Led Zeppelin, Yes, and Rush as prime influences, most only focus on the hard-rocking side of the aforementioned acts. As a result, they overlook an important bit -- all three had their "acoustic moments" side two of Led Zeppelin III; the intro to Yes' "I've Seen All Good People," the intro to Rush's "The Trees," etc.. Norway's Green Carnation is one of the few bands not afraid to pick up their acoustic axes and bring the intensity down a notch, as evidenced by 2006's The Acoustic Verses. The sextet's prog roots bubble to the surface here and there such as during the three-part epic, "9-29-045", but it's the more ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Greg Prato
Although most modern-day prog metallists list such bands as Led Zeppelin, Yes, and Rush as prime influences, most only focus on the hard-rocking side of the aforementioned acts. As a result, they overlook an important bit -- all three had their "acoustic moments" side two of Led Zeppelin III; the intro to Yes' "I've Seen All Good People," the intro to Rush's "The Trees," etc.. Norway's Green Carnation is one of the few bands not afraid to pick up their acoustic axes and bring the intensity down a notch, as evidenced by 2006's The Acoustic Verses. The sextet's prog roots bubble to the surface here and there such as during the three-part epic, "9-29-045", but it's the more straightforward compositions that prove to be the standouts "The Burden Is Mine...Alone," "High Tide Waves," etc.. And you have to give the lads credit for exercising restraint throughout -- even when a splash of distortion could have easily been used in the slow buildup of "Maybe?," they stick to the game plan throughout. The bottom line is that you don't have to be a prog rock aficionado to enjoy Acoustic Verses -- you just have to appreciate finely played and penned acoustic music. And it sure beats the hell out of all those foolers on the radio, that are on their eighth re-write of Alice in Chains' Jar of Flies.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/24/2006
  • Label: The End Records
  • UPC: 654436006329
  • Catalog Number: 63
  • Sales rank: 84,369

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Green Carnation Primary Artist
Tommy Jackson Percussion, Drums
Bjorn Harstad Guitar, Piano, Strings, Mellotron, Slide Guitar, fender rhodes, Guitar (Tremolo)
Kjetil Nordhus Vocals, Background Vocals
Stein Roger Sordal Bass, Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals, E-bow
Tchort Acoustic Guitar
Michael Krumins Acoustic Guitar
Technical Credits
Edgar Allan Poe Composer
Bjorn Harstad Mastering
Endre Kirkesola Engineer, Drum Engineering
Jon T√łnnessen Cover Photo
Hans K. Eidskard Engineer
Kjetil Nordhus Composer
Stein Roger Sordal Composer, Engineer
Tchort Composer
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