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Elegant Simplicity



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kev rowland
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3 stars 'Palindrome' was the next album, in 2001, and saw Steven yet again back in partnership with Ken Senior. Ken is a multi-instrumentalist in his own right (releasing material as Evolution) and has more recently been gainfully employed as bassist in Parallel Or 90 Degrees. Within Elegant Simplicity he finds work as vocalist only, while Steven yet again provides all of the music/songs/production/artwork etc. This is an album where the dynamism has been turned up a lot, and while half of the songs are instrumental, even these have a power that was missing from the previous album. Throughout the album the guitars are much more to the fore, and the scene is set with the powerful opening title cut which shows that instrumental prog music has a right to be included within the term 'rock'. It builds and grows, with subtle changes of style and mannerisms, so that the listener is always moving with the flow not knowing what each layer is going to reveal.

Ken had an understanding of what is required and his vocal style fits in with the music extremely well, no matter what demands are being made. "Let It Be Me" starts with riffing guitar prior to a great keyboard lead where Steve proves just how quick his fingers can move, yet then takes a total change in direction before the vocals kick in. This is a great song, whatever the genre, and although at ten minutes is probably slightly too long for commercial radio it is a song that anyone can get into straight away.

Originally appeared in Feedback #69, Aug 02

kev rowland | 3/5 |


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