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The Watch



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4 stars The Watch, with Rosseti having a voice really similar to Peter Gabriel, grabbed the interest of a lot of early Genesis fans, including my own. The first two albums Ghost and Vacuum, were surprising in the way they showed us great musicianship, and that they could show that Genesis feel we were missing from a long time, of course there a lot of other groups that have this feel, but The Watch is the one group that gets it better.

For this album we start with Sound of Sirens, (if I didn't knew that it wasn't Gabriel singing I would've said the contrary) a track that would've made into any early Genesis album, only with modern production. Nice variations, the keyboard is the main drive for the song, as is standard procedure in Symphonic Prog, and well, I love it, this guys are great musicians, they give me a sad feel with this track (which is not a bad thing, since I prefer this kind of tracks as well) with a nice thoughtfull keyboard in the end of the track preparing us for the next one.

Next is The Border; I really love the beggining of this one, with Rosseti voice filling the room, with a voice that gives us the idea that is suffering with something, a nice track, really calm, witch I'm very fond of and that prepares us Two Paces to The Rear, which became one of my favorites in this album, its the biggest track in the album, with 9:11, a track that varies through it, allways carrying a more darker mood which by this time, the listener has seen that it has become the driving force behind this album.

When I was a tree, I really like this track, I mean it has at least a more happy feel sometimes, although it carries a destiny feel like momentum and a slightly dark mood, produced as allways by the keyboardist church organs and synths. Again this album is made to have tracks that make us breathe between tracks, being this one and Another Life , which makes me remember King Crimson meets Genesis (like that acoustic guitar and crescento building in this one! and then the bursting of agressivity! although its not a hard rock like agressivity, note this) the ones that make us rest between Two Paces to the Rear and Berlin, 1936.

Berlin, 1936! Like the church organ in this one, and the more fast paced rhythm they gave, adding more strenght and allowing the vocalist to give more heart and feeling to the song. This track really is more hard with the guitar adding to this idea. Really like this track for the instrumental parts and variation bits! Great musicianship!

Now the last track, Soaring On; probably the more slowed track with a really calmer mood. The track really is the best one to end this album, giving you that idea that this epic world of The Watch is about to end, making you want some more, well either you listen to the other albums or you listen to this album again! Either way its good,

The Watch's Primitive, one of the best albums of the year, acquire it if you like Genesis, want to hear what they would sound like nowadays although with even a more darker and thoughfull mood, which is the idea this album gives me, a deep, melancholic feeling throughout the album, An essential addition to any Symphonic Prog collection!

LeInsomniac | 4/5 |


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