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Nick Magnus


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2.15 | 9 ratings

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2 stars Humble beginnings

Straight On Till Morning was the first solo album by Nick Magnus, best known for being the keyboard player in Steve Hackett's band. Here he went at it alone for the first time and the results are far from impressive. There is nothing here pointing towards later and much, much better albums like Children Of Another God (2010), Hexameron (2004), and Inhaling Green (1999), and neither does anything here remind of Magnus' important contributions to Hackett's albums in the late 70's and early 80's. This album is more towards the easy-listening category and it too often reminds me of what you would hear from one of those men doing instrumental MIDI covers of familiar Pop songs in a bar! That description is admittedly a bit unfair, but it comes too close for comfort.

Still, this is not a bad album of its kind, but merely an album of a bad kind. It does have some nicer moments, and it is pleasant enough as background music, or perhaps it would have worked as film or television music. But there is just nothing challenging whatsoever here and it leaves no lasting impressions. You neither need nor are likely to want to hear this more than once.

This is where it began for Nick Magnus, but it is not where you should begin with Nick Magnus. I would recommend investigating his solo discography in reverse chronological order (beginning with the very good Children Of Another God), and only the true fan and collector need go back as far as Straight On Till Morning.

SouthSideoftheSky | 2/5 |


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