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THE UNKNOWN

Conspiracy

 

Crossover Prog

3.45 | 37 ratings

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SouthSideoftheSky
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3 stars Open your eyes!

While the first Conspiracy album contained a couple of re-recordings of songs that Chris Squire and Billy Sherwood had written together for Yes, this second release by the duo consists wholly of new material. Sherwood had left Yes in 2000, the same year as the release of the first Conspiracy CD, but he had kept in contact with Squire and written the material for The Unknown which saw the light in 2003. In the same year Sherwood released his second solo album No Comment.

The Unknown has a modern sound and production. The bass guitar and voice of the amazing Chris Squire are unmistakeable and him and Billy have very similar voices that blend perfectly. Billy plays most of the other instruments with the exception of drums which are handled by Jay Schellen with whom Billy had worked previously in World Trade. The songs are melodic and catchy. Crossover Prog is indeed a fitting category for this music. A stand out track is the ten minute plus title track.

People familiar with late 80's and 90's Yes, as well as with Billy's earlier band World Trade, will have a reasonable idea of what they will find in Conspiracy. Personally I like all the eras of Yes, and if you feel likewise then you should not miss out on Conspiracy. However, even though both Conspiracy albums are good, they fall far behind such excellent albums as Yes' The Ladder and Sherwood's superb solo discography.

SouthSideoftheSky | 3/5 |

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