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Cheeto's Magazine


Crossover Prog

3.91 | 159 ratings

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4 stars This band is really starting to grow on me. Although I first heard about this band as a sort of satirical band, perhaps even a sort of prog-as-farce element, I have given their previous releases a few listens and while I didn't feel the time wasted, I wasn't impressed too much either.

Also, although they are listed as "Crossover" prog--the 25-minute epic [i]Big Boy[/i] speaks against the idea of this band being mainly a gimmick band. This song is just good, listenable prog, approachable without feeling too much like prog-lite or even too much like simply retracing the highlights of the 70s and 90s.

[i]Ready to Rumble[/i], on the other hand is mostly good "straight-up" rock-n-roll, with a synth providing the key anthemic riffs.

Overall, if I had to no narrow it down, they are most like a combination of PFM or 10-cc at their most absurd with Morse-era Spock's Beard providing most of the structure motifs. Perhaps I would throw a little Saga in there as well. But for the variety of styles and mixes they sound most like Spock's Beard.

The lowlight of the album, to me is [i]Cheese Cheater[/i], although it does get more interesting toward the end.

axeman | 4/5 |


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