From page 82 of Classic Rock Magazine Christmas 2003
‘From Land To Ocean’ (Progress)
Three years after their last release ‘Beyond Dreams’, Sweden’s Galleon return with a double album. Since their ’93 debut ‘Lynx’ little has changed (bar one line-up change, guitarist Micke Varn being replaced by Sven Larsson) and ‘From Land To Ocean’ sounds pretty much like every other Galleon album.
The first disc, ‘The Land’, features the shorter tracks – although nothing under five minutes, of course – plus a couple of mini epics in ‘Three Colours’ and ‘The Price’. Meanwhile, the second disc, ‘The Ocean’, is a single 50-minute suite. With keyboardist Ulf Pettersson dominating proceedings, Galleon’s prog is of the symphonic variety and fortuitously bassist Goran Fors’s limited vocals are largely overshadowed.
Almost three years in the making, ‘From Land To Ocean’ is clearly a labour of love, if lacking in emotion. Ironically it’s when Galleon broaden their musical horizons on ‘The Land’ itself, with guests supplying flute and bouzouki, that they are at their most appealing.
★★★★★ Nick Shilton