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3.51 | 96 ratings

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4 stars As an older listener this debut sits very comfortably with my memories of prog of yesteryear.

An excellent debut that contians all the ramblings and sounds of vintage 70's prog. Nods to those greats are respectfully made, in fact these references appear to be deliberate. (Not overly surprising with the line up). Having said that this puts a new slant on those epics of yore and it is refreshing that a current group can reinvent that style and still sound fresh and original, some testiment.

The first track takes a good 6 minutes to 'warm' up then follows a further 17... full opportunities are given to instrumental ramblings that feel essential to the whole. tracks 2 and 4 allow the bass to deliver in style. Track 3 starts with a more rocky pastiche with the violin allowed some reign, suddenly to be interupted by a more sedate restoration. The final track restores the 'nods' to the past.

Finally the resemblance in vocal quality to PETER GABRIEL is uncanny, perhaps un-nerving, but strangely it seems apt, almost what one would expect to hear...

Worthy of the 4 star rating. I look forward to the next outing.

huge | 4/5 |


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