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Thieves' Kitchen


Eclectic Prog

3.39 | 58 ratings

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3 stars This is by far their most complex work to date. They finally justify their entry into the eclectic genre; especially with the good opener ''The Picture Slave''. A quite vigorous and technical song. Great musical brio I have to say. The band is really '' l'unisson'' and proposes a dynamic and very attractive song. A very good debut should I say.

Their musical evolution leans more towards some symphonic jazz, which is definitely confirmed during the long ''De Profundis''. Long instrumental interplays, with here and there some fine mellotron (for the symphonic side).

The jazz mood goes on (a bit too much to my taste) with the third track. Again, the play is quite technical and sophisticated. Off-beat drumming, fine keyboards and perfect bass. But the band seems to look for complexity for the sake of it IMHHO (although the tranquil ''Spiral Bound'' proves me wrong).

The long and pleasant epic ''Chovihani Rise'' is at times on the symphonic side. The soft vocals are full of tact and beauty. It is really a plus to have Amy on the lead. But in terms of epic, don't expect too much from this one though. I know that comparison is no reason but I prefer the ones from the glory days (I guess you know the ones I'm talking about).

It is a nice composition which balances between soft /symphonic jazz and a more eclectic approach but there are few splendid nor passionate moments. Again, the middle instrumental part is quite hectic at times. I would have hoped some more feeling in here.

The closing piece (''Surface Tension'') is nothing really different from the rest of the whole: probably somewhat heavier. Still, pleasant.

This album is a mix of symphonic jazz (70%), eclectic prog (25%) and symphonic one (5%). Depending where your prog heart lies you might be found of this album or not. You know where mine resides (I guess). Three stars for ''Shibboleth''.

ZowieZiggy | 3/5 |


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