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5 stars This is the album that reintroduced me to modern prog a couple of years ago. To my ears, this is one of the greatest albums of the 21st century so far, along with Big Big Train's 2009 album 'The Underfall Yard'. However, don't misunderstand me. These two albums are very different from one another. The songs on 'The Underfall Yard' gradually burrow into your consciousness and stay there forever. The music on 'Milliontown' takes a very different approach. Metaphorically speaking, Jem Godfrey picks up a sledgehammer etched with the words POP, scratches the words POP out until they are barely legible and then scrapes the word PROG! over the top of the word POP. He then proceeds to bash you around the ears with said sledgehammer. Yes it's PROG but you can still see the POP underneath it. And it is good! In fact it is so good it switched me on to the whole prog scene again after years of disillusionment with music as a whole. I like melody and the melodies in this beauty just kick ass. I like harmony and luckily, so does Jem. It has got everything that I look for in my music and more. I cannot fault it. I refuse to fault it. Every song is superb, brilliantly produced and executed.

The opening track 'Hyperventilate' gives an indication of what is to come. Fantastic track. I just adore 'Snowman' for its quirkiness. I haven't heard quirkiness like this in years and it works brilliantly.

The last two tracks 'Black Light Machine' and Milliontown are masterpieces of music of any genre. I cannot even put into words how brilliant I think the track 'Milliontown' is. I have to say that I am massive fan of this album. I can't admit to being a fan of all of Jem Godfrey's work (yes I'm talking about Jem's daytime job!) but Frost* changed my life and I can only thank him for that. A classic. A masterpiece. Great prog or great pop, whatever it is, to me it is an essential part of any music collection. I think I said the same thing about 'The Underfall Yard'. But it's true! God, I hope Jem gets his health back and resurrects Frost*. I really miss them!

Richens | 5/5 |


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