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Beggars Opera


Symphonic Prog

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Released simultaneously with "Suddenly ahead ahead", "All tomorrow's thinking" is a surprisingly short album, running to a little over half an hour. Consisting of seven tracks running between 3 and 5 minutes each, the atmosphere here is generally a bit darker than on "Suddenly ahead ahead".

Gardiner's time with David Bowie comes to mind on the opening "How She Swam" which to these ears is reminiscent of "Heroes" or "Ashes to ashes". Virginia Scott's vocals are highly effective while Gardiner adds some atmospheric lead guitar to a fine introductory song. The quasi title track " Tomorrows Thinking" opens with further appealing lead guitar on the slightly extended intro. The song itself is rather twee, the call and response female vocals being a little tacky.

"Those Echoes" is (just) the longest track at a shade over 5 minutes. Like the majority here, it could perhaps have been augmented through further instrumental development, the accent leaning too heavily towards the vocals. The best of the tracks for me is "Perfectly Lovely", a jaunty electro-pop number with a strong melody and some nice vocal effects. Gardiner's adds some floating lead guitar to this admittedly lightweight number. "Catching On To You" and "Save Me" represent more of the same, the basic pop structures on which they are based being uniformly apparent.

The album closes with "Faces in You", probably the lightest and most pop orientated song on the album.

In all, "All tomorrow's thinking" is for my money the weakest of the comeback albums. It is short and lacking in any real excitement or innovation. The songs are pleasant, but fail to show the ambition which was so obvious on other albums recorded this century.

Easy Livin | 2/5 |


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