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IN THE CITY

Egdon Heath

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silvertree
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2 stars First album by Egdon Heath. Even though the sound quality is ok, it really sounds more like a demo. The band changed the lead singer for the second album which was quite an improvement. They also re-recorded The Secret Fence with the new singer (I don't remember his name but you can check it out in the band members from the second album) for a compilation by SI music. I don't know why they didn't put it in their "Rarities" album because the compilation is now itself a rarity ! Anyway, this album is only for completionists though not that poor. If you want to check out Egdon Heath, start with their second album.

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Posted Monday, June 19, 2006 | Review Permalink
progrules
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3 stars In the early nineties I checked out a lot of prog bands, often without even listening in the store. It was more or less the same with this album, although I knew Egdon Heath by a sampler, on which the song In the City was to be found. So I knew that one, thought it was kind of a special song, it has a somewhat gloomy sound and mood over it and it intrigued me. It was interesting to notice that some of the other songs on this album sounded more or less the same or even more melancholy. I never heard anything like this, it's absolutely neoprog, but quite unusual, without being weird or so. So if you want to hear something completely different, but still acceptable music, check this out. Because it's not really great or outstanding I give it 3 stars.

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Posted Wednesday, October 24, 2007 | Review Permalink
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3 stars One of the strongest progressive rock scenes should be considered the Dutch one with a variety of bands and styles.EGDON HEATH are a neo progressive band which draw their influences from the early 80's brittish new wave of prog rock.Actually,if you aren't aware of the band's origin, it's kind of difficult,not to say impossible,to imagine that this band doesn't come from the UK with all these influences and the perfect brittish-accented vocals of the singer...

Every british popular of the 80's can be detected in this album...Starting point ''Pyromania'' is heavily influenced by early PENDRAGON of ''The jewel'' album,while in ''Echoes...'' the band tries to create the dramatic atmosphere of MARILLION's ''Garden party''...''Secret fence'' is close to PALLAS' ''The sentinel'' with emphasis on expressive vocals and a nice atmospheric synthesizer ending theme...''Coming out'' has a more personal ballad-like sound but in my ears it sound uninspired...''When all is said'' is the only instrumental track of the album in the vein of symphonic IQ or PALLAS,but it lasts too long and gets you a little boring on the way...In ''Run for your life'' the band tries again a more dark neo-proggish atmosphere based mainly on FISH/GEOFF MANN-like vocalization,decent effort...''Losing a friend'' is the ballad of the album but,despite the depressive vocals,the track is the weakiest of all,the musicianship is just absent...

So far we have to deal with an almost decent work with some good moments,some bad ones and a rather feeling of mediocrity as a result,a 2.5 star rating is the most appropriate of all,leaving me with the dilemma of the collector's fan or good album...So far,beacuse the band has left the best for last...The self-titled track of the album is an excellent neo/symphonic piece of music in the vein of IQ and TWELFTH NIGHT with groovy rhythm,haunting symphonic keyboards,amaing guitar soli and a decent violin passage...Excellent outro for this work...

This last track saves the work from mediocrity and pushes my rating up to 3 solid stars...So this work comes recommended for neo prog/symphomaniacs who also like the traditional british sound of PENDRAGON,MARILLION or PALLAS...The rest of you should check out some music samples first before buing...

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