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3.44 | 17 ratings | 2 reviews | 6% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2013

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Faith 06:36
2. Aerial 04:41
3. Zanzibar 02:27
4. Basic 03:32
5. Frames 02:29
6. Dixi 03:55
7. Frankincense 05:47
8. No Smoke Without Fire 07:08
9. Long Live The New Flesh 06:41
10. I'm Not Your Lover 02:40
11. Stars Over Lebanon 05:03
12. The Substitute 04:47

Total Time 56:46

Line-up / Musicians

- Ian Gordon / vocals, guitars, bass, keys & drums

Releases information

July 28, 2013

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IAN GORDON Retrobution ratings distribution

(17 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(6%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(59%)
Good, but non-essential (29%)
Collectors/fans only (6%)
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Review by apps79
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3 stars Two years would pass after the recordings of ''Terminally brave'', before we get some fresh news by Ian Gordon.In July 2013 he released ''Retrobution'', far from concept works, this was a collection of songs and thoughts, inspired by his travels in Europe and the States as well as the way of living in his hometown, Bolton.All material was written, performed and produced by himself.

A nice, fresh and modern Rock album with excellent songwriting and quirky instrumentation, powered by the sound of guitars, keyboards and piano, still ''Retrobution'' sees Gordon moving away from the classic realms of proggy influences he presented in his first couple of releases.This one recalls heavily of MUSE, it has a certain melodic approach, echoes of Indie and Alternative Rock and some Power Rock values, anyway, this goes beyond our expectations, as Gordon prooves to be such a talented composer, instrumentalist and singer, that all of his albums have good things to offer.''Zanzibar'', ''Stars over Lebanon'' and ''Dixi'' are great rock pieces with melodic hooks and dynamic breaks/riffing to go along with vocal distortions and deliver impressive musicianship, albeit far from what you call a typical Prog effort.The deeper you go, certain proggy tunes start to surface and during the longer tracks Gordon's prog background starts to become clear.''Frankincense'', ''No smoke without fire'' and ''Long live the new flesh'' are the three definite prog cuts of the album, an affair of modern and heavy prog elements with complex variations, surrounded by echoes from the past, like the use of Mellotron, the big orchestral breaks and the jazzy spices on guitars and synths.The result is a bit confusing, because not every piece in here sits well with the most progressive numbers, but noone can deny that the material is very strong throughout with memorable songwriting and some amazing atmospheres.

Propably the one release by Gordon, that will satisfy the Muse fans worldwide.Nice Rock-based music with a decent atmospheric depth, occasionally sinking into Gordon's prog background, as proposed in his previous albums.Warmly recommended...3.5 stars.

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4 stars Ian Gordon, is in essence one of those solo, multi - instrumentalist artists that I look at very suspiciously when I contemplate getting hold of their albums. I usually feel that multi - instrumentalists can be good with the various instruments that they use but master of none of them. The song-w ... (read more)

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