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The Watch

 

Neo-Prog

3.51 | 128 ratings

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5 stars I had some fears about this band.The first one was if they're TOO Genesis-like.The second one was if they're NOT EHOUGH Genesis-like.Well,the result is beyond my fears & expectations.

WHAT IS LIKE GENESIS? - EVERYTHING!!!

Soundproducing,songwriting,arrangements(especially considering guitars acoustical passages),backing vocals,tunelines...Rosetti is a perfect Gabriel,containing all Gabriel's voices from 1970 till 2005 while his own one."Better than all these citizen cains & plackbands,the Perfect Clone" - you may think after the first time you've listened to it.Yeah,the same opinion we had about Marillion in 1982-83...That's wrong,folks.The Watch is UNIQUE.

WHAT IS NOT LIKE GENESIS? - EVERYTHING!!!

Surely,all the musicians have their own styles, while having the features borrowed from Genesis' ones.But the drummer needs separate description - IMHO,Phil Collins compsring to him is NOT drummer AT ALL!!!:-)Great drumming in anglagardic style,very complex.And the whole mood of the record is much darker than usual Genesis' one.The structures are more complex (reminding me of Italian Prog like Banco).The giutar/bass work sometimes can be even described as "brutal"!:-)Music closer to Crimso sometimes or even Anglagard!If the first 3 tracks are close to some kind of "insane scandinavian Foxtrot,Sold by the Pound by the Tricking Tail",the 4th track is as far from Genesis' standarts as it's possible.That's the Moment,when you're realising,that the Watch is the Watch - not the Genesis' clone or some kind of it.The 5th trackis a "tribute" to Genesis of 80s - very nice guitarless song(by the way,the only record on this CD which can be regarded as "Neo-prog";the others are superd Sympho).The closing epic is very dark & complex,it has made me impatiently waiting for the next CD by the Watch.

Well,spiritually these genius guys have reminded me 1982-83' Marillion,which,as you remember,was regarded in that time to be the Genesis' clone and nothing at all.Then Marillion became one of the most influental & respected prog bands(they're founders of Neo-prog,IMHO).Have you guessed what I mean?...:-)

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED TO ALL PROGGERS!!!

Prog-jester | 5/5 |

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