D’Accord: D’Accord III

Vintage, Norwegian prog rockers go rock’n’roll on their third LP.

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Well, sort of. Having been decidedly conceptual for their sophomore effort, here D’AccorD have plumped for nine shorter, largely more rock-roughened tunes. Their sense of grandeur has not totally left them. Roving 10-minute opuses open and close the record (only one track clocks in at under five minutes) and melodic, spectacularly ‘classic prog rock’ hooks shape this into a beguiling, retro bolt hole.

Vocal delivery and rockier guitar capture a Wall-era Pink Floyd/The Who vibe in the likes of These Last Todays. Quality rocker Ibliss In Bliss is laced with early Genesis intrigue and Ian Anderson flute-tooting.

The crowning glory, though, is the gorgeous guitar work; capturing, as it does, a beautiful early-70s tone and distorted, blues-rooted style in numbers like Lady Fabulous and lovely olde prog rocker tune Mon-Sat Part I.

If they’d just iron out hose passages that currently feel more like ‘classic prog rock-by-numbers’, this emboldened rock n’ roll side could carry them to edgier heights. For now, though, this offers the 70s prog/rock lover’s musical equivalent of a first-rate hot chocolate; warming, familiar and enough of an indulgent treat without massively rebuilding perceptions.

Polly Glass
Deputy Editor, Classic Rock

Polly is deputy editor at Classic Rock magazine, where she writes and commissions regular pieces and longer reads (including new band coverage), and has interviewed rock's biggest and newest names. She also contributes to Louder, Prog and Metal Hammer and talks about songs on the 20 Minute Club podcast. Elsewhere she's had work published in The Musician, delicious. magazine and others, and written biographies for various album campaigns. In a previous life as a women's magazine junior she interviewed Tracey Emin and Lily James – and wangled Rival Sons into the arts pages. In her spare time she writes fiction and cooks.