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TITANS WHEEL

Wigwam

Jazz Rock/Fusion


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hannu.vierula
3 stars Well, new album for a long time! At last, you can say. New old Wigwam is again on the road. How about album, then? It´s good old Wigwam, perhaps too carefully made, sounds like Wigwam in the middle of 70´. Songs are typical Wigwam songs, same excellent like tittle song but there is some meaningless songs, too. Rekku´s guitar is somehow different mixed than in earlier Wigwam recordings, little bit lighter and it´s not so dominated. It´s perhaps too weak, too low and same thing is on keybords, too. High voices on the background, I think too far away! Same songs suffers of this balance. Rekku is fantastic guitarist, but now he is on the background. Material on this album is rather good, not so brilliant like on Nuclear, but good Wigwam quality anyway. Perhaps they can take more risks on their next album, which they are now recording. But it´s good comeback album, avyhow, not masterpiece, but not bad at all. It´s Wigwam!

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Posted Wednesday, January 05, 2005 | Review Permalink
hdfisch
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1 stars This album hasn't anything to do with the band WIGWAM that I know from records like "Fairyport" for example when Pekka Pohjola and Jukka Tolonon were still in the "Wigwam". In fact the only one left from this line-up is the singer and piano player Jim Pembroke, but even the vocs I don't like on this album. I can't agree to my co-reviewer at all that it sounds like albums from the mid 70s. I just recently listened to "Nuclear Nightclub" and "Being" and if I recall correctly it was a completely different kind of music from this album here. It was much more proggy and jazzy and you could really call it Canterbury sound but not "Titan Wheel". What the band is presenting here instead is absolutely mainstream rock/jazz music. In some way it reminds me to later Supertramp outputs. Songs which are rather hard rocking ones like No.12 are sounding very much like arena rock (Asia as an reference). Sorry to the musicians who actually perform quite well, but this kind of music is just a standard mediocre one perfect for airplay but far away from that stuff I use to know from them. 1 1/2 stars maximum!

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Posted Thursday, January 20, 2005 | Review Permalink
Eetu Pellonpää
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2 stars Same persons here as in the classic line-ups of the band, or at least those of them who could attend to the recording sessions. Music is though different now, it's some kind of AOR / pop rock with vintage sounds (Mellotrons!). It's also released through EMI's famous "Harvest" label. Maybe prog related, if the styles should be labeled for albums instead of bands (some BEATLES influences maybe). For fans of both this kind of music and JIM PEMBROKE, but this is not prog in the way their 70's albums are.

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Posted Wednesday, May 31, 2006 | Review Permalink

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