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Eclectic Prog

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The Quiet One
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4 stars Bruford, Holdsowrth, Jobson & Wetton: UK's One Album Prog Supergroup

The debut album by this incredibly talented and unique band is indeed a very impressive debut from the musicianship point of view with John's agressive bass lines and particular voice, Eddie's raving violin and future-esque keyboards, Allan's unique guitar tone and Bill's complicated rhythms, a Prog fan really can't ask for more, can he?

No, not really. The album has it all from odd time signatures, which are not that odd really for the Prog fan, to plenty of delightful and inventive solos, plus loads of variation within one song. Clear example of this is the 13 minute suite called In The Dead of Night which compromises the first three tracks; you got the very modern keyboards by Eddie shining in rapid paced passages and some very soft and futuristic ones, then there's Allan's always singular jazzy guitar expressed with extreme delicacy and finally the unmatchable King Crimson rhythm section of Wetton and Bruford.

The other highlight would be Thirty Years which is pretty much more of the same, and the last track, Mental Medication which evolves from John's calm and emotional vocals to a talent fest featuring a very Ponty-esque violin solo, a splendid guitar solo, a extremely catchy but at the same time complicated rhythm and a wonderful sparkling keyboard solo, all in all showing what U.K. could offer.

While I wouldn't consider it a classic Prog, UK's debut stands as a very strong and unique Prog album released in a time where most Prog bands were loosing their steam, for that UK deserves no less than 4 stars and it being listened by all Prog fans at least once.

The Quiet One | 4/5 |


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