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IN PROGRESS

Picklelegaz

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3.17 | 9 ratings | 2 reviews | 22% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 1999

Songs / Tracks Listing


1. Perfect Lie (10:59)
2. City Of Sun (3:47)
3. Different Times (7:17)
4. Impasto (3:42)
5. This Wound (8:15)
6. Genesis Happiness (8:39)
7. Questions (7:39)
8. Perfect Lie (Reprise) (3:44)

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Line-up / Musicians


Philip van der Mark / Keyboards
Marc Brobbel / Keyboards
Marcel van den Berg / Bass
Harry Steen / Guitar
Jan Willem Meijer / Drums
Ernst Brobbel / Vocals

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PICKLELEGAZ In Progress ratings distribution


3.17
(9 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(22%)
22%
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(44%)
44%
Good, but non-essential (33%)
33%
Collectors/fans only (0%)
0%
Poor. Only for completionists (0%)
0%

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Review by apps79
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
3 stars Dutch Neo Prog band from Vlaardingen, found by a group of friends in late-80's.Their early activity included plenty of live shows as well as two demo tapes, ''Happiness'' and ''Stop rewind, play forward''.Their first album though was launched over a decade after their formation, entitled ''In progress'' and released privately in 1999.The line-up at the time consisted of two keyboardists, Philip van der Mark an Marc Brobbel, along with singer Ernst Brobbel, drummer Jan Willem Meijer, guitarist Harry Steen and bassist Marcel van den Berg.

Born in the 80's, Picklelegaz were reasonably influenced by a number of British Prog bands like MARILLION, IQ and GENESIS and their sound lacks hints of a strong personality but simultaneously it is filled with lots of inspired passages and instant melodies.They combine short and pleasant tracks with more straightforward melodies in the vein of ABEL GANZ with tight and longer arrangements full of theatrical singing lines and deep atmospheres.The singer has an obvious FISH/PETER GABRIEL-like tone, encouraging this particular style of music, while the group of musicians comes up with some very good performances.Especially the longer tracks are excellent with dramatic, epic, MARILLION-esque atmospheres, based on dreamy keyboard parts and elaboborate guitar solos, while the instrumental themes have a discreet symphonic tendency.The sound ranges from smooth and catchy parts to more demanding and rich arrangements with full-blown synths and strong guitar moves and the most obvious flaw comes from the production, which is rather average.

Unique sound?No.Groundbreaking music?Still no.Memorable melodies, dramatic textures and solid musicianship?''In Progress'' is filled with this kind stuff.Anyone into the material of CITIZEN CAIN, THE WATCH or even better RED SAND should search for this great band.Strongly recommended...3.5 stars.

Review by b_olariu
PROG REVIEWER
3 stars 3.5 stars for sure

Picklelegaz this dutch neo prog band with strange name is quite unknown in prog circles, no wonder because they formed in 1988, the first album came after more then 10 years in 1999 and the follow up afer 13 years in 2012, so a career with 25 years and only 2 studio albums, but the music offered is among the most intresting and dense neo prog someone will ever hear, even the influences are obvious. I've review some years ago their second offer and I was more then pleased, now is time for the debut from 1999 named In progress. The influences are obvious from Marillion fame (their best period, the '80s), from IQ, Pendragon and others, both in instrumental sections and in vocal department. This album is quite intresting, at least for me, the opening track Perfect Lie clocking around 11 min is absolutly kick ass, the best from here and among the best neo prog tunes I've heared, the dramatic passages are well written and performed aswell in Marillion style. The vocal lines, the keyboards, guitars are top notch, very solid tune. . All in all, this is great, and for that reason I can't give less then 3-3.5 stars, I like a lot what I've heared and definetly among the most intresting neo prog albums I know, both albums released by this band are worth investigated, this is solid neo prog, widely unknown to larger public, and is a shame.

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