Finch — Glory of the Inner Force
(9450, 1975/1994, CD)
by Mike McLatchey, Published 1994-05-01Dutch band Finch's debut album has been long overdue for CD reissue. Acclaimed as a classic by some, and as overrated by others, either way you look at it its still a must listen. Finch were an instrumental rock-fusion quartet with the emphasis on hard driving symphonic rock. Probably one of the things I feel is the most difficult about some of Finch's music is the 70s cheesy jazz calypso sidetracks. They are the type of thing that occasionally pops up in jazz fusion like Iceberg, Cos, Patrick Forgas and TV commercials that I personally could do without. These annoyances are what would prevent Finch from that rare classic status as the rest of the time they play arguably top notch symphoprog. Finch took music like Focus and to a lesser extent bands like Supersister, Solution or Scope and added different elements (many more successful than the calypso stuff) to make a very dynamic and exciting symphonic rock with organs, Mellotrons and blazing guitar. If you're at all into this music you should definitely make your own opinion up, as at times this can be quite breathtaking. With two equal quality bonus tracks, this is an essential reissue albeit a tad overrated.
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