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3.07 | 30 ratings | 3 reviews | 17% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 1996

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Old Artist (4:07)
2. All Time (3:53)
3. So Few Words (6:14)
4. Headspace (4:15)
5. Darkroom (4:34)
6. Londinium (5:21)
7. Man Made (4:40)
8. Nothing Else (4:40)
9. Skyscraper (4:27)
10. Parvaneh (Butterfly) (3:53)
11. Beautiful World (6:37)
12. Organ Song (2:26)
13. Last Five (5:48)

Total Time: 60:55

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Line-up / Musicians

- Danny Griffiths / guitar
- Darius Keeler / bass, programming
- Rosco John / drums, percussion
- Roya Arab / vocals

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ARCHIVE Londinium ratings distribution


3.07
(30 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(17%)
17%
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(17%)
17%
Good, but non-essential (47%)
47%
Collectors/fans only (13%)
13%
Poor. Only for completionists (7%)
7%

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Review by ZowieZiggy
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1 stars I was keen to investigate into this band since I read in their bio that if one was interested in Floyd, Radiohead or PT, this band deserved a close listen.

Ouch! This debut is hurting quite a bit, actually. I don't particularly like the hip-hop feel which is sitting at every corner of this CD. To try and find some prog elements in here is like looking at the Holy Grail.

Gosh! Just listen to "So Few Words". Over six minutes of a rap / insipid combo. Press next, I guess.

The ratings are quite high for this album, but only one with a commented review before mine. It should have warned me. There are no tracks that are appealing to my prog ears, because this album doesn't feature one minute of the music we all praise.

Rythm'n'blues (at best) with "Headspace" is none of my prog expectations but is far much more "digestible" than most of this hip-hop oriented album ("Dark Room", "SkySraper", "Beautiful World" and so on). It is hard to believe that this debut is so weak and has virtually NO relation AT ALL with prog. But maybe that future albums will change this perception.

As such, this "Londinium" has nothing to do on this site. One star is my rating (can't go any lower). Let's expect better things in the future even if there are reviewers that believe that this is a masterpiece of prog music?

I don't like this album at all. Not even one song drew my attention. The only positive moments are the ones which feature a nice violin play. "Organ Song" is actually the only good track here. Less than three minutes out of sixty!

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5 stars Before Archive became one of the hidden gems of modern crossover prog, they were one of the many hidden gems of the '90's glory days of trip hop. But, even then it seems they had prog on the brain: Keeler's programming on this album involves a lot of sounds that come out more like mellotron and ... (read more)

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