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UNDER A NEW SIGN

Knight Area

 

Neo-Prog

3.92 | 136 ratings

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Menswear
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4 stars A Trick of the Wuthering.

You probably remarked by this hilarious intro (*yawn*) that indeed, this album is a gigantic wink to the majestic period of the early non-Gabriel material of Genesis. It's so true, it's even told on the cover (in substance): 'Fans of IQ, Marillion, Arena and Genesis should take notice of this album'. But they forgot to state Camel...hmmm. That's too bad, 'cause the first album had much more flute and I kinda miss that.

Knight Area is not a band that makes a lot of noise, musically nor commercially. But it's a shame, because this record (and their first effort) is an honest effort in terms of melody, accessibility and savoir-faire. Kinght Area sounds quite professionalistic for an underdog band and they share with Arena a good sense of esthetic with their great art cover. The music is non-virtuoso (for a change in progressive world) but still above FM standards worldwide.

Musically, this is borderline néo-prog just like Arena but they hardened their sound, with some double bass drum in some tracks. Despite the clear Genesis influences, the Dutch band is tending to create and staple their sound with a voice tone that reminded me New Order.

Honestly, Knight Area is not a band that will blow your mind off, but to me they have that same 'clic' that Arena had in the first record: lot of good keyboard solos, nice melodies and shorter songs.

Again, a great sense of quality and humility that makes this record one of my picks for best album of 2007.

A real winner for the underdogs of prog.

Menswear | 4/5 |

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