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3.59 | 49 ratings | 9 reviews | 14% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2006

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Between The Lines (8:47)
2. For Bumble (13:21)
3. Pandora (6:09)
4. The Enemy Within (12:13)
5. Children Of The Night (8:33)

Total Time: 49:03

Line-up / Musicians

- Huw Lloyd-Jones / vocals
- Ian Hodson / keyboards
- Simon Rogers / guitar
- Ralvin Thomas / bass
- Mark Hall / drums

Releases information

CD AE001 (2006) UK

Self Produced

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ALSO EDEN About Time ratings distribution

(49 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(14%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(47%)
Good, but non-essential (20%)
Collectors/fans only (18%)
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ALSO EDEN About Time reviews

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Review by Prog-jester
5 stars I was such a lucky one to listen to this album. I came across it occasionally, and it struck me with its beauty, emotions and crafty melodies. Imagine a mix of classic MARILLION, GENESIS, IQ, PENDRAGON and PINK FLOYD hooks like ballad codas, rocky moments (frequent double bass drum!), catchy and memorable verses and choruses with thought-provoking lyrics, touching guitar solos and excellent keyboard work (from “Cinema Show”-like solos to background Mellotron/Hammond/synth layers). ALSO EDEN are brave enough to release “About Time” on their own, without any label’s help. Unfortunately this can work against the band – they’re really that much good and professional to be recognized among Top Retro-Proggers of today like MAGENTA or FLOWER KINGS. They are very much sincere in what they’re doing, and if you would like to get something classy like “The Masquerade Overture” (PENDRAGON), “Mirror of Insanity” (RED SAND) or “Moonshine” (COLLAGE), look for nobody else but ALSO EDEN folks (and their CD!). Extremely recommended without hesitation; 4,5 stars and high hopes for future works to come. Thank you so much for the music!!!
Review by erik neuteboom
3 stars This is a UK band with roots in the Nineties but it lasted until 2006 before Also Eden released their debut CD entitled About Time, the title is almost a self-parody! The album contains five compositions, most songs have a running time between 8 and 12 minutes. Listening to Also Eden I am delighted about their pleasant sound and the flowing shifting moods and accellarations: from dreamy with piano and warm vocals or mid-tempo with howling guitar to compelling with sensitive guitar or bombastic eruptions with flashy synthesizer flights. The singer has a strong, quite distinctive voice with a melancholical undertone. As references I would like to mention IQ and Marillion but with a more modern sound. If you are up to neo-prog, this is a band to discover!

Review by apps79
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
3 stars Huw Lloyd-Jones (vocals) and Ian Hodson (keys) are the main men behind the project called ALSO EDEN.Despite having their roots at the beginnings of the new millenium,ALSO EDEN exist as a normal band since 2005 with the addition of Ralvin Thomas on bass,Simon Rogers on guitars and Mark Hall on drums. The Cheltenam-based 5-member act performs live for the first time in July 2005 and starts recording their debut with new songs,but also some old material from late-90's.

''About time'' was privately released in 2006 and it is a very good example of modern progressive/art rock with strong vintage references.Five songs,mostly lengthy, compositions present a band with great talent,who like to care of every detail on their songs.''About time'' can be very lyrical and melodic,but also complicated and challenging at the same time.The vocals of Lloyd-Jones are definitely awesome with a deep expression and a bright color,surrounded by the melodic guitars of Rogers and the lightning synthesizers of Hodson.Influences come from old-GENESIS (listen to the delicate acoustic guitars and the fine moog solos),SPOCK'S BEARD and of course bands of 80's UK prog,mainly MARILLION (lots of atmospheric keys around),PALLAS (at the more dynamic moments) and PENDRAGON (combining melodic guitars with background synths),but the closest comparison would propably be STRANGEFISH.A great debut for this band,which certainly deserves your attention.Recommended to fans of progressive rock in general,who want to explore a fresh-sounding band with talent...3.5 stars is my exact rating for this pleasant work.

Review by Gatot
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
3 stars You will find something like Pink Floyd meets Pallas on the kind of music Also Eden is playing. Of course this might not satisfy what the Pink Floyd fans expect as the keyboard exploration, even though it has a lot, is something that Pink Floyd did in the past. But for sure it will satisfy the expectations of Pallas fans or, put it in broader perspective, neo-prog fans. Why? It has everything that neo-prog fans want: keyboard-drenched music with its ambient, moves the music in relatively slow tempo with nice vocal work.

Even though on melody aspect this album is lacking, the other aspects of musical composition, in my opinion, score average - nothing that's really excellent. there are changes of style throughout the album and some segments sound really good especially in its effort to create ambient. From track 2 "For Bumble" (13:21) the band tries to give musical break with silent segment demonstrating acoustic guitar to accompany vocal. The music flow in relatively slow manner. Harmonies created from all instruments are considered quite good. "The Enemy Within" (12:13) starts with short piano work and the music flows in a relatively slow mode.

Overall, this is an album suitable for neo-prog fans. It's a good one to have.

Peace on earth and mercy mild - GW

Review by Tarcisio Moura
4 stars OOOhhhh!!! I love this record! For a 80īs neo prog freak like me, this is simply prog heaven! Also Edenīs debut was a big surprise for me. Although this album was released in 2006, it has all the elements that made neo prog so distinctive in that decade: dramatic vocals, lush (but not overwhelming) keyboards, Gilmour/Hackett-like guitars and, most of all, an excellent bunch of songs to boot. Those guys really love what they do and their performances are full of passion and conviction. It almost makes you forget that they are not that original.

If Huw Lloyd-Jones voice was not so particular, Iīd believe this was Marillion reincarnated. The style is very much the same, with hints of old Genesis, IQ and Pallas all over it. And still their songwriting skills are so good it gives them a personal touch that make them stand out from so many Marillion copycats. the top notch, modern production also helps a lot here too (something almost all 80īs acts lacked, at least in the beginning). There are no fillers and all the songs are very strong, well crafted, grealy performed and the arrangements are tasteful. But the pinnacle of this CD is the last track, the very powerful Children Of the Night. Itīs the kind of song that, once finished, it leaves a you with a desire for more of it. Lloyd-Jones is a very good singer that has a extremely good delivering of the words. The band is great too, and they are very much team players, with every musician taking his turn without getting in the way of the other. The result is a very tigh, flowing sound that makes you think the CDīs only flaw is its short time (49 minutes).

Not much more to say about it. If youīre into neo prog this is a must have. If you like prog music in general and donīt mind much for originality, but do care for tastefulness and emotion, this is a good choice too. Personally , Iīd give this album a 5 star rating without hesitation. However, as a reviewer om PA I donīt quite think this is really a masterpiece of prog music. So I guess 4 stars is more fitting here. Excellent addition to any prog music collection. Warning: highly addictive!

Review by Warthur
4 stars Also Eden's debut album presents an energetic and boisterous style of neo-prog reminiscent of a more forceful version of Arena's style from their first three albums (and of course there's a heavy sniff of early Marillion about proceedings). What the band lose in originality, they more than make up for in enthusiasm, with their high-energy playing and carefully judged compositions winning me over. They are far from being a lazy Marillion clone - vocalist Huw Lloyd-Jones, in particular, sings in his own distinctive (and really quite good) style as opposed to impersonating Fish - but they are quite clearly rooted in the classic neo-prog sound of the early 1980s, but fans of that particular style will hear a lot that they like here.

Latest members reviews

2 stars Also Eden release 3 album in their career, and i decided to buy the first of 3 reading the outstanding review here; but I was a bit disappointed. The band deliver a good neoprog, sometime close to borderline of AOR with nice vocals and average interlude between guitars and keys, but lacks in memo ... (read more)

Report this review (#817370) | Posted by Aragon | Sunday, September 9, 2012 | Review Permanlink

3 stars Also Eden's debut album is a bit difficult to review, in my opinion. I am not a Neo-Prog fan at all. I find the Neo-Prog albums who are leaning towards AOR pretty difficult to deal with. You see, Also Eden is doing everything right here. The vocals and the musicianship is superb. It is easy ... (read more)

Report this review (#285208) | Posted by toroddfuglesteg | Sunday, June 6, 2010 | Review Permanlink

5 stars Also Eden is not a typical neo prog band.I think the display symphonic prog.instead. Neo the more easy listening symp.modern prog. with touches of electronic pop prog. This band interprets symphonic prog.because is a mix of melodic prog with art rock. In this state of things i m ... (read more)

Report this review (#151734) | Posted by robbob | Monday, November 19, 2007 | Review Permanlink

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