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3.52 | 25 ratings | 6 reviews | 12% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2002

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Song For A Day (8:22)
2. Thin Ice (5:50)
3. Lost For Words (6:16)
4. Trust (5:14)
5. Two In One (8:23)
6. Midas Touch (4:38)
7. Go The Distance (4:20)
8. Turning Tide (5:39)
9. Through The Looking Glass (7:54)
10. Two In One (radio Version) (5:24)

Total Time: 62:00

Line-up / Musicians

- Olaf Blaauw / vocals
- Frits Bonjernoor / drums
- Erik van der Vlis / keyboards & backing vocals
- Omar Niamut / guitars
- Peter van Leerdam / keyboards & backing vocals
- Roger Vingerhoeds / bass

Releases information

Musea Records FGBG 4431.AR

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SINISTER STREET Trust ratings distribution

(25 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(12%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(48%)
Good, but non-essential (28%)
Collectors/fans only (12%)
Poor. Only for completionists (0%)


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Review by tszirmay
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
4 stars Besides the UK, the USA, Italy and Germany, you can always count on a few other countries to keep the glorious progressive torch burning in relative media silence (which oddly sort of guarantees its purity from commercial corruption): France, Sweden, Finland, Norway, Hungary, Poland and the Netherlands today still regularly churn out some great progressive albums. No use comparing the recent stuff to the old glories, these are different times, different world. Sinister Street is another new interesting Dutch band, very much in the Triangle, Knight Area, Nice Beaver, Plackband and Flamborough Head school of allegedly "Neo" prog . While not yet in the masterpiece category, Trust is a worthy addition to any collection, with riveting artwork, ultra modern (aka hard to decipher) graphics, excellent musicianship (standard unit with a unique two keyboard set up) and quite original vocals, courtesy of lead singer Olaf Blaauw. As often the case with most bands from Holland, the bass work is stellar, almost funky at times, the drums are superbly solid, the guitarist has a definite personal style that copies no one overtly (as displayed on the instrumental title cut) and the playing is certainly most spirited, with a crisp, clean production to boot. The dual keys give the proceedings a highly detailed sheen that pleases the ear and satisfies the mind. On the highlight 8 minute + track "Two In One", the bass and the lead synthesizer play in unison, navigating through the slightly Celtic tones, an acoustic guitar-led tune that showcases Olaf's obvious passion, with a magnificently gentle bridge, swirling into a bombastic lead guitar finale, evoking a plethora of heartfelt emotions. Excellent track. "Turning Tide" is another compelling track, a dream weaving musical journey that has both the chops and the message, drenched in a "sea" of melancholy. "Through the Looking Glass" is another extended 8 minute piece that judiciously establishes contrasts, stops and starts and fluctuating moods, with lots of mellotron backing in order to upgrade the tension and some fascinatingly heartfelt vocals once again. This is neither overtly complex nor poppily simplistic, just good prog played by musicians enjoying their craft and hence, deserving of all our praise. It's because of dedicated bands such as Sinister Street that we progfans have a die-hard scene we can be proud of. 4 windmills
Review by Mellotron Storm
3 stars SINISTER STREET are from The Netherlands and this was the last album they recorded back in 2002. For me they sounded a lot like EVERON just not as heavy or as good. The lyrics and vocals did bring that German band to mind on several occassions. I was surprised to find out that there are two keyboardists on this album as the keys didn't dominate the sound very often.

"Song For A Day" has a good heavy intro that changes when the vocals arrive. It picks back up as the tempo continues to change. I like the atmosphere before 7 minutes to the end. "Thin Ice" is heavy with synths. Vocals join in. Guitar after a minute and a fuller sound. Contrasts continue. "Lost For Words" opens with atmosphere as vocals join in followed by drums and guitar. The tempo continues to shift. I'm thinking EVERON here. "Trust" is an instrumental that opens heavily with some nice bass. The guitar starts to solo after 2 minutes. Great sound 4 1/2 minutes in.

"Two In One" opens with fragile vocals and organ. The tempo picks up with strummed guitar, bass and vocals standing out. "Midas Touch" has a nice full sound to it then it kicks in quickly with vocals. It settles back some then gets fuller again. "Go The Distance" is uptempo to start as passionate vocals join in. Guitar before 3 minutes, organ too. "Turning Tide" opens with gentle guitar as reserved vocals join in. Drums follow as it picks up. It's heavier 2 minutes in. The tempo keeps shifting. Nice guitar later. "Through The Looking Glass" is heavy with organ and vocals. Again it settles as contrasts continue.

A good album and nothing more. 3 stars.

Review by kev rowland
4 stars Sinister Street are a Dutch neo-progressive rock band that have been around since 1987 and 'Trust' is their second album, only ten years after the debut. Somewhat unsurprisingly the band has been through some major line-up changes since then, but having not heard the debut I can't comment as to what effect that has had on the sound. What I can say is that this album is like going back ten years, and hearing again the burgeoning UK prog scene of that time. This album contains elements of many of those bands, most notably Galahad and Jadis, while also bringing in elements of Saga.

This is very much an album that will appeal to those who may not normally look to Musea for prog rock of this calibre or style. It is exciting, vibrant, most definitely rock based and not in the least self-indulgent. Well, maybe it is just a little, but this is prog rock after all. There are strong melodies and keyboards, and neither allows one to overpower the other. The result is a nicely balanced album with the emphasis on songs and dynamics instead of overblown epics. Indeed, only a few of the numbers manage to break through eight minutes and the result is an album that is fresh and exciting. If the year was 1992 and not 2002 then this is the sort of album that would have most definitely have been released on SI and not Musea. Anyone who remotely enjoys neo-prog can safely purchase this album immediately if not sooner.

Originally appeared in Feedback #69, Aug 02

Review by b_olariu
3 stars The re formed in 1999 by Olaf Blaauw and in 2002 they released their second offer named Trust issued at Musea records. Well, definatly a more mature album, a more concise in arrangements but to me is not really better then their debute, is on same level, good neo prog but nothing is excellent here. Now, the pop sensibilities of the previous album are gone, the neo prog sound is on every tune . Trust is again a melodic neo prog album, with here and thre egreat moments like on instrumental title track Trust, Two In One or Through looking glass, excellent pieces that show potential with melodic lines and well balanced arrangements. There are long instrumental sections, dominated by guitar and keyboards, but overall the emphasis are on voice of Olaf Blaauw, who done again a very nice job. A good towards great in places neo prog, nothing is really impressive as many saw in this relase, but well played and produced. For fans of Jadis, Everon, For Absent Friends, etc.3 stars rounded to 3.5 in places.

Latest members reviews

3 stars I may agree with other comments :good musicians,good vocals,good music,good arengements but.. it seems their talents are not completely incorporated in their art. It seems this band with all their qualities can do a much better work in the art rock. There is some originality here ..(in the ... (read more)

Report this review (#212718) | Posted by robbob | Tuesday, April 28, 2009 | Review Permanlink

4 stars Beautifull music!!!!!!!!!!I give 4.5 star.I listen this album and i have great sensation of relax, not very fast just sample.Two keysboard work for a very melodic atmosphere.The vocal is nice,remaind me maybe Meat Loaf in is voice the felling is superb.The only reason a not give masterpiece fo ... (read more)

Report this review (#24312) | Posted by | Thursday, December 30, 2004 | Review Permanlink

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