GALAHAD

(UNITED KINGDOM)

THE LAST GREAT ADVENTURER

(2022)
LABEL:

AUTRE LABEL

GENRE:

PROGRESSIVE ROCK

TAGS:
Electro, Epic, Symphonic, Theatrical
"Solidly established on its bases, Galahad ensures with this "The Last Great Adventurer", effective but without taking risks."
ABADDON (23.12.2022)  
4/5
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Eleventh studio album for Galahad... Welded around the pair Stu Nicholson (vocals) / Dean Baker, the English band delivers at the end of 2022 "The Last Great Adventurer" which follows the huge "Seas of Change" released four years before. The formation is stable with notably Lee Abraham titularized in the post of guitarist.

The recipe used by the quintet did not vary much since its beginnings: the keyboards always have the power, as the long instrumental intros testify ('Omega Lights', 'Another Life Not Lived'), however the guitar manages to place well felt soli ('Alive', 'The Last Great Adventurer') on a voluntarily dynamic background, Galahad venturing more rarely (and with less success) in the territory of the ballads ('Normality Of Distance'). As in "Beyond The Realms Of Euphoria", the electro sounds succeed rather well to the English ('Alive', lively), especially when Galahad has the audacity to couple them with Middle-Eastern sounds ('Blood, Skin And Bone') or choral sounds ('Enclosure 1764' with superb slow harmonies).

The method works, Galahad has reached a balance that allows them to make one efficient album after another, with tracks oscillating between sympathetic energy and sensitivity (the sincere tribute to their late guitarist Neil Pepper in 'Another Life Not Lived'). "The Last Great Adventurer" remains however a notch below the ambitious "Seas of Change" and above all, a bit like Arena's recent "Theory Of Molecular Inheritance", this album assures the band's know-how without taking any risk. The disadvantage of succeeding a great work like the previous opus...
- Official website

TRACK LISTING:
01. Alive - 8.20
02. Omega Lights - 10.05
03. Part One: ? (instrumental)
04. Part Two: O
05. Blood Skin and Bone - 8.17
06. Enclosure 1764 - 4.07
07. The Last Great Adventurer - 10.35
08. Normality of Distance - 5.50
09. Another Life Not Lived - 7.55

LINEUP:
Dean Baker: Claviers
Lee Abraham: Guitares
Mark Spencer: Basse / Choeurs, Triangle
Spencer Luckman: Batterie
Stuart Nicholson: Chant
   
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SALTMILK
21/01/2023
 
54
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Suis content de vous contredire.
Cet album, hormis peut-être Omega Lights dont le refrain me maltraite l'ouïe, est excellent..
Si si, on passe de textures légères à des riffs surpuissants, d'une ambiance jazzy à un univers électro bien senti.. le tout doté d'un sens mélodique qui reste leur marque de fabrique, enfin celui de Stu, essentiellement.
Lee Abraham, bassiste à la base, nous balance de superbes solos de guitare. Celui du titre éponyme est jouissif !!
Je préfère nettement cet album à celui de 2018... Comme quoi ...
Sinon, au passage... Neil Pepper était bassiste, non guitariste. Mais on s'en fout
TORPEDO
03/01/2023
  0
Effectivement je rejoins corto pour le coup. "The Last Great Adventurer" est un album très agréable mais rien ne ressort vraiment après plusieurs écoutes.
CORTO1809
24/12/2022
  2
Tout est dit dans la phrase d’accroche : "sans prise de risque". Bien sûr, c’est agréable à écouter mais "The Last Great Adventurer" fait partie de ces albums interchangeables qui donnent l’impression d’avoir déjà été entendus dès la première écoute, dont on ne retient au final pas grand-chose et qu’on confond avec les trop nombreuses productions lissées de ce type. Très dispensable !
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