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America's leading progressive rock band Glass Hammer are back on track with another masterpiece! IF is most certainly the prog highlight of 2010! --Henri Strik - Background Magazine
Overall this album is highly recommended for fans old and new, and I can say with ease that IF is in my top favorite releases for 2010. --Nick Katona - Power of Prog
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Immediately the listener is struck by a full sounding band, an infectious riff and a 1:30min opening that sets up the album's main intent, and perhaps the direction the band wants to take those who have come to hear. Many layered keys and nice guitar work here. This is very Glass Hammer sounding, yet sounds new also. Of course those listening will quickly recognise some Yes influences, this not being new to their sound though, as both Fred & Steve I'm sure will unashamedly attest. The mighty Hammond (3:59), borrowed from prog of old, drives this and not long after (4:35) there is this fast and crazy moog-like key solo which is pulled off very nicely - immediately answered with a guitar solo of equal skill.Read more ›
This newest offering from GH is quite simply their best album yet. I say that with a huge smile on my face, because I've had the CD now for well over 3 weeks, and it has yet to leave my car's CD player. I've probably listened to the entire CD well over 40 plus times now, all the way through. Six songs total, the album is seamless in carrying the underlying theme throughout.... yes a concept album, but each song is strong enough to stand on it's own.
If you are familiar with GH, then you will love the return to their "signature" sound, lots of Hammond Organs, some slick slide guitar in parts, thunderous bass lines that have produced a few cracks in my dashboard, simply from me banging along with reckless abandon. I will admit now that I loved Suzie as the lead singer in the previous offering, and it did take me 4 or 5 listens to forget her and embrace Jon Davidson. But now, ah, but now, I can't imagine anyone else singing for this album. The music, the lyrics, all are a perfect stage for the new vocalist, and despite his similarity to Jon Anderson, Jon Davidson is a unique find and talent. I can't recall how many goose-bump moments I have gotten listening to this album, but it was more than a few!
Treat yourself, buy the album, you will not regret it! Steve and Fred, the two main composers and musicians that ARE Glass Hammer have truly out done themselves this time.Read more ›
The highlight for me is the epic "If the Sun." Lots of tempo changes, great vocal harmonies against the background of an almost gospel-like, punchy organ. It's the track I keep returning to.
Although I enjoyed their last effort, Three Cheers for the Broken-Hearted, this is certainly far better and I hope they continue this type of songwriting. If you've never heard GH before and love Yes, give this a whirl.
An honest appraisal of Glass Hammer's "IF" and also "COR CORDIUM" has forced me to realise that they're better albums than anything YES has produced in recent years... probably since the "Keys to Ascention" studio tracks. I've enjoyed each YES album including "The Ladder" and "Magnification" right up to and including their latest excellent "Fly From Here" album..... but these latest two offerings from Glass Hammer are better IMHO.
I would suggest that Glass Hammer's album "IF" is the best of the two.... but that's just my taste.... They're both good and it would be a real mistake to be put off by the YES similarities as I was...
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I have not had the fortune to listen to all the offerings that Glass Hammer have penned over the years, but if they have written a better record than this, then I would love to... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Mark Stevenson
Back in 80's some fools were accusing Marillion of copying Genesis. The same kind of people accuse GH of copying Yes.
This is better than yes.
Best of the Jon Davison era CDs I've heard. Good writing. I see this band as particularly strong on keyboards. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Paul S
had to purchase this cd because it was the first one to feature jon davison who is now with the band yesPublished 23 months ago by drum0951
This band has the sound I couldn't get enough of as a teenager. It sounds like 50% Yes, 30 % ELP, and 20% a mix of Genesis, Kansas, Alan Parsons, and King Crimson. Read morePublished on July 10, 2014 by Victoria M. Littlefield
Being a musician myself and a big fan Progressive Rock I found this ablum to be outsandingly amazing and inspirational. Read morePublished on March 9, 2013 by Guitar Man