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3.95 | 57 ratings | 3 reviews | 14% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2009

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. God Is Dead (3:25)
2. Departure (4:19)
3. Killing Me (3:44)
4. Car Crash (4:41)
5. Fighting For Freedom (6:12)
6. Burn Part 1 (3:39)
7. Burn Part 2 (3:16)
8. Safe (5:07)
9. Standback Part 1 (3:54)
10. Standback Part 2 (2:26)
11. Disappear (5:59)

Total time 46:42

Bonus DVD:
1. Killing Me (Video) (3:44)
2. Live At Algoma University (27:59)
3. IT Story Documentary (26:21)
4. Bonus Tracks - Trauma EP :
- a. Underfire (4:15)
- b. Time and Place (6:12)
- c. Taking On Sand (5:54)
5. Live photographs

Line-up / Musicians

- Nick Jackson / vocals, guitar, bass (2-4), keyboards, producer & mixer
- Andy Rowberry / lead guitar
- Rob Archibald / organ, piano, keyboards
- James Dunn / bass (7,8)
- Alex Inglis / drums

- Cy Curnin / vocals (8)
- Craig West / bass (1,DVD4), guitar (5,DVD4), lead (DVD4.b,DVD4.c) & backing vocals, programming
- Andy Jackson / guitar (1,11,DVD4), bass (DVD4)
- Lindsay Pugh / pedal steel guitar (6,7)
- Bryan Belleau / guitar (DVD4.a)
- Rupert Greenall / banjo (7), keyboards (DVD4), backing vocals (10)
- Al Wood / harmonica (5)
- Gavin Lambert / bass (5)
- Ben Piner / drums (2,6,7)
- Ed Young / percussion (9,10), drums (DVD4), backing vocals (1,4)
- Matt Connors / preacher (1)
- Reyhan Yusuf / backing vocals (1,5,7)
- Shernette May / backing vocals (1,5,7)
- Ryan Brunton / backing vocals (2)
- Desmond Lambert / backing vocals (4)
- William Greenall / backing vocals (10)

Releases information

CD + DVD Sonic Vista Music ‎- SVRCD10 (2009, Europe)

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and to Quinino for the last updates
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IT Departure ratings distribution

(57 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(14%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(67%)
Good, but non-essential (16%)
Collectors/fans only (4%)
Poor. Only for completionists (0%)

IT Departure reviews

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Review by Windhawk
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
4 stars Departure is the fourth production from this UK-based outfit, following 15 years after their debut.

And it's quite an interesting venture too. The compositions all have strong mainstream-oriented tinges to them - soulful energetic female backing vocals as on opener God Is Dead, catchy sing-along choruses on many tracks and a variety in sound too: From laid-back mellow Pink Floyd inspired passages to raunchy hard rocking explorations with organ adding that vintage dimension that has such a strong appeal amongst many fans of rock.

The songs are also somewhat quirky, especially in structure. The longest track on the album, Fighting for Freedom, is a good example of that. For the first four minutes we're served a blend of country and blues with some gospel elements thrown in for good measure, while the closing two minutes takes us on a hard rock romp much more straight forward in nature - completely contrastig the opening passages and themes.

Still: The mainstream-oriented are pushed to the forefront on this album, while the art rock dimensions are more subtle; more often than not a case of them being found only if someone is looking for them.

It's a well made album, and one that deserves to get a fair deal of attention. Opening number God I Dead and third track Killing Me are my picks on this production, if you like those tunes this is an album that you'd probably want to get.

Review by The Doctor
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
4 stars This is an album I've been enjoying quite a lot lately. The album presents a rather dark and spacey atmosphere, at times mellow, at times much more aggressive. In fact, there are lots of different styles present on the album, but the album's coherence does not suffer for its diversity of styles. One can detect a bit of Floyd in places, a bit of Porcupine Tree here and there, some alternative influences and maybe the occasional Crimson. But the influences do not dominate most of the album.

"God Is Dead" and "Killing Me" are both good pop songs. Tight and catchy, but without losing any intelligence for it. Both songs have been stuck in my head since I started listening to the album, but I haven't grown tired of hearing the songs after several listens. The title track, sandwiched between the two pop songs, is a more spacey affair, starting off with some very nice guitar and keyboard work, followed by a mellow vocal passage and then some heavy rhythm guitar to end the song. While not epic in length, it is one of the more epic sounding tracks on the album and could have easily been the middle part of a much more lengthy track. A very enjoyable 4 and a half minutes. "Car Crash" has some good acoustic rhythm guitar and spacey lead guitar and keyboard work.

"Fighting for Freedom" is my favorite song off the album and seems to be a fusion of country and metal. That may seem an unlikely combination but it works. "Burn", a song in two parts, shows Jackson at his most cynical. The first part of the song also has a bit of a country flavor thanks to a banjo and pedal steel guitar. The second part is a "photoshopped" Bush speech over some rather interesting instrumental work. It's really too bad they put the Bush speech over the top, because the instrumental work is quite nice and Bush's speaking over it is a bit distracting. Next up is "Safe", the only song on the album I consider truly derivative as it sounds like it could easily have been an outtake from In Absentia or Deadwing. However, what it lacks in originality, it makes up for in execution.

Next up is the two-part "Standback", a love song that in parts, especially the vocal parts during the verses, reminds me of the early 80's. Some more very good acoustic and lead guitar work here, especially the guitar solo in part 2 of the song. The final song on the album proper is "Disappear" another laid-back song that is a bit reminiscent of Floyd in parts.

My version comes with a bonus DVD which includes a video for "Killing Me" and a documentary/interview with the band. Also included is a rather short (under 30 minutes) but highly enjoyable live document. Would really like to see a full-length DVD in the future. Finally, the DVD contains three bonus tracks. The bonus tracks have a bit of a different feel than the album proper, possibly because the band's bassist in Canada (Craig West) wrote and sang two of the songs. On these three songs the Floyd influence is much more readily apparent, although I still wouldn't classify them as derivative. All three songs have a very spacey, sort of floating quality to them with the keyboards seeming more up-front in the mix and some very Gilmour-esque lead guitar in parts. Although for some reason West's voice reminds me a bit of Michael Stipe, which gives his songs a bit of an REM feel vocally. Of the three bonus tracks my favorite track is probably the final one "Taking on Sand".

This album gets a solid four stars from me. They may not always have the prog quotient cranked up to 10 here and sometimes the speeches over the instrumental parts can be distracting, but it's intelligent and enjoyable music that stands up to repeated listenings and has enough progginess to sink your teeth into. And many of the songs will be stuck in your head in no time. This comes highly recommended.

Latest members reviews

4 stars Sneaking in under the radar are accomplished neo prog rockers IT. Here's the thing though, Prog rock was always incredibly interesting and intelligent but a little self indulgent if not pretentious. IT seem to have taken this onboard because their gritty and satirical themes don't leave any room f ... (read more)

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