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IN TIME (WITH COCO ROUSSEL)

Kit Watkins

 

Crossover Prog

3.70 | 7 ratings

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MovingMazes
5 stars This Kit Watkins (everything else) and Coco Roussel (mainly drums and percussions) album is great. One of the best in Kit Watkins huge discography. But many are. They both played in the "Happy The Man" (HTM) band. (Kit Watkins was one of the original members and is in the lineup of the first 3 albums of the HTM group, while Coco Roussel, only appears on "Happy The Man 3rd - Better Late...", I think) (also recommended) There are really great songs on this album. They are all instrumentals. No guitars. The ones I prefer/recommend are these (all instrumentals, in minor mode, my preferred mode): - 7/8 Segue : A 7 rapid beats piece (thus the name). Very short (under 2 minutes) - Forte : it reminds me of a song of HTM "Labyrinth" , because it starts with the same chords, but then goes into something different. (This song, Labyrinth, is on HTM "3rd Better Late", composed by Watkins, and also appears on another solo album of Kit, "Labyrinth", on which Coco Roussel is also playing drums and percussion.). Kit Watkins' music, in general, is labyrinthic, a little bit hypnotic too, and very versatile at the same time. A beautiful song. - Do You Mind? : A 5 beat piece. Very nice. Perhaps my favorite on the album, and 7:16 long. - In Time : The song that gives the album its name. - Over The Andes : A very punchy song that ends with Kit showing his great keyboard soloing abilities. - Spiral March : One of the strangest song or this album. - Après-MIDI : (with MIDI in capital letter... is it an allusion to the MIDI standard that helped replacing recorders with sequencers, at least for keyboard players? Maybe). My favorite on the album with "Do you mind ?". it has some similarities with a Genesis song, but is quite different as well. Very quiet and moving, and with a happy ending (major mode). - Bob's Tune : a very quiet song which makes me thing of Eric Satie... and then evolves into something completely different, (with drums appearing, and keyboards much jazzier and more rhythmic. It ends with drums only.

With Kit's music, in the early albums at least, and this one is to be categorized as such, there is more punch than in the latest, that are more ambient, I would say.

There are also interesting harmonies, and evolving things on basic patterns. So, both surprises and something we can stick to.

The reason I give this album 5 stars is that with 8 songs I really love, the overall quality is very high. And the 5 other songs are nice too. Approx. 55 min in total.

MovingMazes | 5/5 |

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