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LOVE IS

Steve Howe

 

Crossover Prog

3.54 | 32 ratings

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Heart of the Matter
4 stars I must concurr with the general rating given to this album, lighthearted and breezy as it sounds. A record doesn't need to be always verging on the obscure or dense end of the spectrum to be progressive, don't you think? I do indeed, so what I find here is not only an effort with some virtues that are already usual in Steve's career ( such as his impressive dexterity and ductility with acoustic & electric guitars of all sorts, and the gorgeous tunes he's used to come up with), but also with some other ones he adds for this particular occasion:

First, there is a beautiful blend of voices, very reminiscent of Asia's "One Step Closer", he maintains with John Davidson (Yes current official singer) along vitually each vocal track here. Steve's own voice sounds much stronger than usual also (listen track 10 - On the Balcony).

Second, the track sequence alternating instrumental (like the opener) with vocal songs brings a balance to the overall sound, that you may not always find in Steve's recorded output, and is welcomed here.

Third, the ensamble sounds tighter now than it did on several of his former releases, with son Dylan well established behind the drums, and possibly emerging as the band's anchor.

Enough for you? It is for me.

Heart of the Matter | 4/5 |

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