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HERE IT IS

Simon Railton

 

Eclectic Prog

1.08 | 10 ratings

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memowakeman
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1 stars Want to have a fun?

Then you should totally listen to this album. My sincere apologies to Simon Railton if you think I am being harsh, or I am laughing at your music, I actually am not, but I honestly can't help but having fun while I listen to this album. So "Here it is" is the debut album of Simon Railton, an English musician who managed to released it under Musea records (insert surprising icon here), God knows how. The album consists of eight compositions that make a total time of 42 minutes.

Let me clarify something, I do believe Simon Railton has talent and a true idea of what the music realm is about, what I believe is that he and people around him have no clue about production issues, or if they have, they may have tricked us and released this album, with its pathetic sound, on purpose. The album opens with the title track, "Here it is" since the first moments shares that old-fashioned production sound, but it also shows the musician's compositional skills, because believe it or not, he does have them.

It is not easy to create an album, but it is always satisfactory for an artist to give birth to one, so for that he should be proud of. Now, honestly he has a lot to do if he really wants to gain recognition in this musical realm, and even more, in the progressive rock realm, otherwise he will be harshly criticized, just as he has been so far. In "Delirium" he puts a couple of guitar riffs, accompanied by elementary drums, not bad bass notes and crazy and funny keyboard backgrounds.

"Zenith" is softer at first, with some atmospheric keyboards, however the heavier moments come right away with the entrance of the other instruments. I must say that the piano sound is really funny, making a sound that a kid without musical experience can make. Also, I have to mention that the edition is terrible here and in the whole album, because we can clearly listen to the cuts and cleaned parts, which sound really amateurish.

"Oblivion" has one of the funniest piano introductions I've ever listened to, I honestly imagine a person trying to have a spot on a reality show such as American Idol or something like that, and failing terribly. Later guitar notes appear along with drums and bass, creating a not-so bad sound, however it is still poor. But after two minutes there is a short passage where keyboards appear and actually create something good, giving the best 20 seconds of the whole album.

"Bluegression" starts with bass, later complemented by drums and some weird guitar notes that are repeated over and over. Here, once again I cannot help myself but having a couple of laughs due to the odd yet funny sound it creates, another example is at the fourth minute where a brief keyboard lead appears, oh man, haha. "Intrusion" seems to have a more professional sound, at least the first ten seconds share a nice ambient tune, however it disappears and everything is ruined by the piano, bass, drums and guitars. This is a clear example of cheap production, though I insist, he may have done it on purpose, but I ignore it.

"Dance Warrior" is the shortest track, and maybe the funniest one, because here the music sounds like a Nintendo game soundtrack, very old-fashioned and cheap, terrible if we consider this was released in 2008, but well, as long as it makes me laugh, I am happy. The album finishes with its longest song, which is entitled "Hatred. This last eight minutes contain nothing but the same poor quality sound, badly produced music, though I insist, the composition itself is not that awful, Simon Railton at least have an idea.

I must confess I listened to the album four times before reviewing it, and believe it or not, I've had a funny experience with it, however, there are some musicians whose effort is bigger than this and deserve better exposure, Simon Railton does not, at least with this album. That is why with my heart aching, I will have to give this album one poor star, though in my hidden book I would give it two.

Enjoy it? It's up to you.

memowakeman | 1/5 |

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