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Crossover Prog

3.88 | 277 ratings

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3 stars Nevermind the tracklisting. This album is essentially five tracks. The opener "Okay" functions more as a prelude to the title track and tracks 5 through 7 are functionally one song.

This song doesn't really do anything new in the progressive music landscape, to be completely honest. It further explores Phideaux's usage of sounds outside of the prog rock canon, like goth rock, rather modern acoustic guitar ideas, and a reliance on subtlety for a prog record, but the overall sound still feels very much like prog as we know it. That having been said, it is a GOOD album. It isn't fantastical by any means. Some of the shorter songs feel like they could have used some pushing to head to more adventurous musical grounds, feeling like typical "prog short songs", and the longer tunes feel a little half-baked. However, when the sound really comes together, like in the early sections of the title track and the bookending bits of "Ruffian", we start to see the Phideaux that would go on to make classics. At this point in their career, it felt like the band was still honing it's sound and approach and Phideaux was honing his songcraft for progressive rock. Despite these short-comings, it is a rather good album and, if you like Phideaux, definitely worth picking up. Just don't start here.

Gorloche | 3/5 |


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