Twenty-Five Winters

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Hands, the seminal progressive rock band from Texas, are back, 25 years after their first official album was released. On this CD, the structuring of the vocals as well as the shifts in time signature make the band sound like a folkier version of groups such as King Crimson and Gentle Giant. It seems that with the passing of time the band has mellowed out slightly, allowing their music to become much more accessible. All the bandmembers get to show off their chops in different places, but this album is more about great compositions than fast note runs. Twenty-Five Winters has much fewer instruments than Hands' previous recording. Without Skip Durbin, all the woodwind contributions are gone -- but this does not set this album back at all. This is a must-buy for any symphonic prog enthusiast.