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Henry Fool


Crossover Prog

3.58 | 38 ratings

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The Sea Priest
4 stars Contrary to what the first review suggests, this is actually a project spearheaded by Tim Bowness, Steven Wilson's partner in No-Man.

For me, the album's an organic and interesting fusion of early-1970s Prog and Jazz-Rock influences (Crimson, Soft Machine, Gabriel's Genesis etc...) and elements of Post-Rock bands such as Gastr Del Sol and Tortoise.

The most surprising aspect of the album to these ears is the fact that Fudge Smith's drumming is far more loose and expressive than his work with Pendragon. Not at all what I was expecting.

Personal highlights include 'Bass Pig' (Crimson-esqe mellotron-driven fury) and the beautiful 'Grounded' (a conclusion to the album's mini-suite).

Not as innovative or contemporary as No-Man or Porcupine Tree perhaps, but well worth a listen for those interested in an affectionate, warm and distinctive take on the first wave of Progressive bands.

The Sea Priest | 4/5 |


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