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Crossover Prog

3.31 | 249 ratings

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3 stars The Great Leap doesn't measure up to the creative enthusiasm of Chupacabras, but it's a great collection of separate short songs, reminiscent of early Bowie and Hammill's Fool's Mate.

The trademark Phideaux elements are in place. Cleverly orchestrated eclectic prog-pop, that takes inspiration from an endless well of sources. There's lots of decent songwriting and a charming playfulness that hasn't graced rock music since Syd Barrett became too drowsed to tell a piper from a bike.

The first batch of songs especially is very pleasant. They are as harmless as Phideaux's usual folk songs but he tries to give them a gruff edge which is quite charming. It's almost as if he wants to impersonate Peter Gabriel on The Waiting. On the opener Wake Up it seems he even tries to create a Pogues punk-folk vibe. The strong string of songs ends with Abducted and Rainboy that have a touching melancholic mood.

The remainder of the album goes a bit up and mainly down. I Was Thinking and Long and Lonely Way feature fairly standard and rather old-baked pop songwriting. They Hunt You Down and Tannis Root are slightly better, but One Star and Last are entirely conform to their respective song titles.

The Great Leap is an uneven album with a couple of nice tracks. Good for an occasional spin. However, playing it 2 times in a row to do this review already proved quite tiresome. I guess there's not enough substance for true greatness here. Fun for as long as it lasts.

Bonnek | 3/5 |


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