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3.74 | 67 ratings | 4 reviews | 26% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2008

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Reincarnation (5:50)
2. Jethro Fran (3:47)
3. Restless Angel (11:46)
4. Fair to Say (6:21)
5. As of Yesterday (3:43)
6. 222 (5:52)
7. Moondog (7:00)
8. Waiting to Believe (7:47)

Total Time 52:10

Line-up / Musicians

- Steve Unruh / lead vocals, guitar, flute
- Fran Turner / guitar
- Rob Winslow / bass
- Barry Farrands / drums, backing vocals

- Dave Draper / violin, cello

Releases information

Artwork: Studio610

CDr self-released (2008, US)

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RESISTOR Resistor ratings distribution

(67 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(26%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(50%)
Good, but non-essential (18%)
Collectors/fans only (5%)
Poor. Only for completionists (2%)

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Review by Marty McFly
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
4 stars As is usual with Resistor, the music roams on the edge of what we call here Heavy & Crossover Prog, it has heavier moments, but also a lot of jamming like structures (after all, as mentioned in "Rise", their second album, they are jam band in heart), spiced by these little twists, like changing of tempo, occasionally change of signature and other funny things.

It's charming music, even quite a lot similar to their following CD (more like otherwise, Rise is similar to Resistor) with the best is also the longest track, Restless Angel reminds a little bit Spirit of Open Sky. Not as Prog as their 2010 album, but similarly enjoyable, only not in the same way.

4(-), I suppose.

Review by apps79
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
3 stars After a long and pretty prolific career as a solo artist, Steve Unruh decided to put together also a normal band around mid-00's.He gathered bassist Rob Winslow, drummer Barry Farrands and guitarist Fran Turner and so Resistor came in life.Unruh handles all lead vocals along with guitars, flutes and violins and in 2008 the band debuted with a self-released self-titled album.

Resistor play somekind of contemporary guitar-based Prog/Psych/Art Rock with many references to Unruh's solo works, even sounding like an Alternative Rock act at moments, but also taking huge inspirations from the 70's.The opening tracks are very good indeed, a mix of modern Prog Rock with light psychedelic influences with a bit of alternative elements, based on crunchy guitars, strong grooves and expressive vocals with a fair amount of breaks and a good dose of more emotional performances, while ''Jethro fran'', obvioulsy dedicated to JETHRO TULL, features the excellent flute interventions of Unruh.The middle part of the album is very average and less interesting, containing pieces with influences from Blues, Jazz and Classic Rock in a very inconsistent mix, which has nothing to do with the impressive openers.The two closing tracks though are on par with the good quality of the nice opening cuts.''Moondog'' is very decent instrumental Heavy Prog with lots and impressive guitar moves by Unruh and great changing climates, while ''Waiting to Believe'' is a good modern Art Rock piece with distorted psychedelic guitars, a lovely smooth atmosphere and Unruh's more emotional performance on vocals, akin to the music of PORCUPINE TREE.

Wish the album could have kept the great quality of the opening and closing tracks.Still ''Resistor'' comfortably shows the direction Prog Rock moved during the millenium with some nice, both atmospheric and energetic delivery.Recommended.

Latest members reviews

3 stars Enjoyable rock from 1970s, when Jethro Tull, Rush and Black Sabbath still sounded fresh and exiting. This one came 35 years later, but so what, for the old fart like me it sounds just right. Not too light and not too heavy. Among all those numerous other 70-s rock revival bands, Resistor stand ... (read more)

Report this review (#627223) | Posted by justaguy | Monday, February 6, 2012 | Review Permanlink

4 stars This is the debut album of the Rhode Island based quartet Resistor. The second album 'Rise' has a strong prog flavour, this one contains more classic rock with prog influences. But that doesn't matter. Whether if it is the power rock of 'reincarnation', the Tull reincarnation of 'Jethro Fran', t ... (read more)

Report this review (#285886) | Posted by thedunno | Thursday, June 10, 2010 | Review Permanlink

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