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4 stars 2013 ends in big style for the prolific and inspired Danish musician Robin Taylor,which offer to his fans another ambitious and beautiful musical offering!Yes,EVIDENCE is the second album in 2013 for Mr Taylor,and shows once again that prog music register has limitless boundaries,providing again and again new and interesting soundscapes!After the very refresing and more accessible WORN OUT album,this brilliant new one-EVIDENCE-definitelly has some wonderful moments indeed! A little more than 40 minutes,divided into 4 long tracks,quite different one to the other in heir musical expression,having the unique sense of complexity and ,in the same time,accessibility,musical wizardry that only the musical genius of Mr Tylor is capable to do it in such a majestic way!Great quality of the sound,crystal clear production ,amazing percussion work and some wonderful guitar solos provided by Claus Bohling- a true guitar master in catching great tones on his instrument-sometimes reminding of Mike Oldfield!Each audition of this album is an invitation to a journey into a mysterious territory,where the imagination of the listeners is invited by Mr Taylor to fly without any restriction!Robin Taylor is a master of cleverly gadaduation of the intensity of each composition-starting with a calm and quiet atmosphere-and then the composition is developped in a unexpected and complex musical directions,where many instruments are making dense the message of the song !Overall,there is the wonderful masterful touch of the masterimind Robin Taylor,which is in charge and plays many instruments,giving the album his unique personality and identity!I can say that EVIDENCE is another quite accessible Robin Taylor album,but-definitelly-needs more auditions to be fully understood !That's the kind of intelligent music that you have to dig it deep into ,to 100 % catch it's message ,passion and intensity!Thank you ,Mr Taylor for your musical vision and wisdom,EVIDENCE is trully a brilliant album and it shines in it's musical integrity and message!4.5 strong stars for me,I simply adore it!
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Posted Thursday, December 5, 2013 | Review Permalink
kev rowland
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5 stars So here we have the second album from 2013 for Robin (guitars, keyboards, bass, flute, percussion), and he has been joined again by Karsten Vogel (sax, clarinet), Klaus Thrane (drums) and Louise Nipper (gentle vocals on one number). But, he has also brought into the band for the first time both Claus B'hling (guitars) and 
Thomas Thor Vider' Ulstrup (synthesizer). I have long since learned that Robin has an immensely broad musical palette, and I should never really be surprised at what I hear, but yet again I find myself nodding sagely and wondering just how he does it. What we have here is an album that in many ways is more restrained and immediate that many of his works, just four songs giving us 44 minutes of music. The gentle keyboards provide the foundation for Claus and Karsten to let loose when they feel the need. Such is Claus's control and feel I did some searching on the web to discover a bit more about him, and was not surprised to find that he has been around for a large number of years, most notably in the power trio Hurdy Gurdy at the end of the Sixties (Donovan wrote the song 'Hurdy Gurdy Man' for them, but after a disagreement on how it should sound he release it himself). He is fluid and dynamic, with plenty of attack and pace while also knowing how to be restrained and emotional.

There is a lot of space within this album, and a feeling of a timelessness as the listener gets taken away to a different world where there is nothing but the music. The only thing wrong with the album is that it is too damn short! The more I have played it the more I have enjoyed it, and though there are some elements of Oldfield, the guitar especially takes it to a different level. 31 albums down, and Robin shows no sign at all of slowing, I just wonder what the next one will be like as this is one of his very best.

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Posted Saturday, January 25, 2014 | Review Permalink
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5 stars Danish band project TAYLOR'S UNIVERSE was formed back in 1993, launching their first album the following year and releasing two more prior to the end of the 1990's. From 2004 and onwards this band has been very active, issuing an album a year on average from that point in time and onwards. "Evidence" is the most recent production by Taylor's Universe, their thirteenth in total and the second of the two albums they released in 2013.

On the thirteenth album released under the Taylor's Universe moniker, we're treated to a veteran band that seeks to expand the scope of their chosen universe by way of increased focus on instrumental soloing in general and fairly intense, guitar soloing in particular. A rougher, untamed element unleashed in the otherwise elegant and carefully assembled symphonic progressive rock and jazz rock-tinged landscapes that have been this band's specialty, with compositions more vital in nature and expression as the result. An album that merits a firm recommendation to fans of high-quality instrumental progressive rock.

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Posted Tuesday, February 18, 2014 | Review Permalink

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