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LISTEN NOW

801

 

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DePloy
4 stars The first 801 proper studio album "Listen Now" boasts a magnificent set of musicians whose skills complement each other beautifully. The winning title track features gorgeous winds and faux big band scoring at the end, courtesy of prog veteran Mel Collins. Godley and Creme from 10cc give the vocals an operatic sheen that is similar to Alan Parsons Project and Camel circa "Moonmadness". In places, the vocal melodies mixed with the instrumentation bring to mind Steely Dan and the Moody Blues or even some of Steve Howe's early solo work. I prefer these stylings over all of those examples, however.

Jobson, Wetton, and Monkman perform admirably when called upon, Manzanera's cutting guitar lines don't disappoint and Eno treats and washes everything in his trademark style. Despite a few weak moments, "Listen Now" is ripe for discovery for rock fans and progressive fans who like crossover as one of their main ingredients.

DePloy | 4/5 |

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