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Panic Room


Crossover Prog

3.70 | 115 ratings

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4 stars Surprising to see that over a month after its release, Skin, the latest album from Panic Room has yet to receive a full review. All the more surprising considering it's such a good album.

Those who are familiar with Panic Room will know what to expect here. There are no great leaps forward stylistically; just a band doing what they do well, i.e. melodic commercial rock with prog flourishes. In some ways Skin is a less varied album than Satellite, for the large part taking an atmospheric low key approach with slowish tempo's. As expected Anne Marie Helder sings beautifully, one of the finest vocalists in the UK, but rarely stretches her voice like I know she can, with that playfulness she often has missing. This is no criticism, she does everything the material requires of her and I admire her mature approach for not going over the top when it's not needed.

Skin is a consistently excellent album with strong melodies that are hard not to like. Those who like their prog a bit more adventurous may find it a bit tame but there's no denying the quality on offer. It may have benefited from a few more heavier and up tempo moments along the lines of the meatier Hiding The World, Chances with its driving acoustic guitar riff and Promises dramatic ending, but nevertheless works very nicely as it is; a great album to chill out too, very well played by all.

P.S. I forgive the band for forgetting to put the stamps on my Cd package costing me 2.10 and a trip to the sorting office to reclaim it ;-)

Nightfly | 4/5 |


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