Gnidrolog

Gnosis

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Gnidrolog recorded two LPs for RCA in the early '70s. Gnosis, mostly recorded in 1999 and released the next year, marks their comeback as a working unit. This very generous CD (75 minutes) would have gained from a more selective play list: tracks such as the anthem-like "Kings of Rock," bombastic to the point of a Spinal Tap pastiche, could have been left out, as the hippie-folk ballad "Wonder, Wonder." Gnidrolog is led by the twins Colin and Stewart Goldring, two talented guitarists backed by an old Steeleye Span rhythm section (Rick Kemp on bass, Nigel Pegrum on drums). The band is at its best in progressive rock instrumentals such as the title track, "Deventer," "Repent Harlequin," and "Bells of Prozac," which includes impressive didgeridoo playing. Their pop songs have a subtle taste of folk reminiscent of the Strawbs, but they rarely rise beyond clichés. Gnosis is not an impressive album, but its fairly enjoyable.

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