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2.90 | 34 ratings | 2 reviews | 18% 5 stars

Good, but non-essential

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Studio Album, released in 1996

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Thundering (4:08)
2. Jamie Was a Vampire (5:12)
3. Chase the Rainbow (4:44)
4. Looking at Lucy (4:23)
5. Communication (5:00)
6. The Immortals (4:49)
7. Call It Love (2:56)
8. Foreigners at Heart (7:43)
9. Dancer (4:15)

Total Time 43:10

Line-up / Musicians

- Rafe Pomeroy / vocals
- Rob Thomson / guitars
- Pat Sanders / keyboards
- Manu Michael / bass
- John Lingwood / drums

- Karl Groom / guitar (7), mixing
- Clive Nolan / mixing

Releases information

CD Self-released - DSA 001 (1996, UK)
CD Brennus ‎- BR 8012.AR (1997, France)

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(34 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(18%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(26%)
Good, but non-essential (35%)
Collectors/fans only (15%)
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Review by apps79
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
3 stars Drifting Sun was the result of two native French musicians moving to UK in early-90's, looking for better luck.Keyboardist Pat Sanders and bassist Manu Sibona met there with American singer Rafe Pomeroy, the formation wrote 4-track demo, which was then sent to Musea for evaluation.Musea responded warmly to the matter with Sanders getting back from Canada, where he was on tour with another band, to record Drifting Sun's debut, featuring also John Lingwood on drums and Rob Thomson on guitars.The self-titled debut came out in 1996 on Musea's branch-label Brennus.

Drifting Sun followed the fashion of time, which wanted the evolving Neo Prog bands sounding a bit harder, they recall German acts like CRYSTAL MAZE, LIVIT and even ENCHANT at moments.Their sound had definitely a Hard Rock vibe with the angry vocals, propulsive drumming and sharp guitar soloing being regular components of their music, but Drifting Sun had also this pompous and dramatic edge of Neo Prog acts, Sanders being the responsible person carrying the progressive torch, delivering dreamy keyboards, orchestral breaks and soaring synth lines, while the vocals are often delivered in storytelling-like narrations ala MARILLION.Do not search for anything complex or fairly demanding in here, ''Drifting Sun'' is characterized by its passionate arrangements and pounding instrumental parts of the heavier mode, switching between straight and more epic tunes.Pomeroy had this extra color in his voice to become the most suitable addition to the band's heavy and melodramatic music, while Sanders should have listened to the work of Mark Kelly of MARILLION numerous times, his keyboard parts are atmospheric, ethereal and slightly symphonic.Songwriting is very solid, the music is always enjoyable despite some dubious passages, which sound a bit too accesible, and the performances are tight and accurate.

On the heavier side of Neo Prog.Crunchy guitar work placed next to tricky keyboards and angular lead vocals.Typical period product, recommended for its dynamic and memorable compositions, Neo Prog buffs will drool over this one.

Review by siLLy puPPy
COLLABORATOR PSIKE, JR/F/Canterbury & Eclectic Teams
2 stars DRIFTING SUN began in the 1990s. There doesn't seem to be an exact year given anywhere which is odd for a modern band actually. This band is also strange in that although formed in England, the original lineup which actually started with the moniker Drama consisted of two French natives Pat Sanders (keyboards) and Manu Sibona (bass) who collaborated with the American singer Rafe Pomeroy. The trio recorded a bunch of demos and found interest from the Musea label which is French! Soon after the band would become DRIFTING SUN and recruit Rob Thompson on guitars and John Lingwood on drums.

This self-titled album was released in 1996 with a special appearance from Karl Groom on guitar on "Call It Love" and the mixing done by none other than neo-prog royalty Clive Nolan. While DRIFTING SUN has gained a lot more attention since 2015 when the band was regrouped after a long hiatus, in the 1990s there were two albums released. This 1996 debut and the following 1999 "On The Rebound." At this point DRIFTING SUN sounds like a completely different band if you are only coming to them with their current album "Forsaken Innocence" released in 2021. This first offering sounds very amateurish with clunky neo-prog songs by the numbers and sounds like it was inspired by the heavier rocking side of Fish-era Marillion.

Eponymous album aka the debut featured nine tracks which were more upbeat rockers than the standard 90s neo-prog from the bigwigs such as Arena, IQ, Hogarth era Marillion and the legion of others. The hard rock heft that has been included in more of the modern neo-prog wasn't the norm this far back so perhaps DRIFTING SUN was inspiration in that department however this album isn't particularly memorable for many reasons. Firstly Rafe Pomeroy didn't really have a vocal style that suited the emotive tugs that neo-prog is noted for. His bar room biker bar grizzle may have worked better singing George Thorogood cover songs but for this type of music, it just doesn't work so well.

Secondly the music is too upbeat all the time. Pat Sanders who is the only member to stick around to the present has improved exponentially since these early years. In the beginning there were no dynamic shifts, no escapades into atmospheric mood builders and even the compositions themselves are rather forgettable. What saves this album from venturing completely outside of the parameters of what we consider neo-prog are the keyboard runs and the style in which the compositions are crafted otherwise this album sounds more like a garage band than anything progressive. There are those occasional atmospheric guitar sweeps such as on "Call It Love" but for the most part this is very much amateur hour.

After discovering a band i really dig, i always want to investigate its origins and it's clear that DRIFTING SUN has evolved into one of neo-prog's most talented acts over the years however if you go all the way back to these humble beginnings it's quite clear that Sanders and friends certainly weren't born with the lessons learned and were merely imitating their influences at this point and not particularly well. As much as i adore the band's newest release "Forsaken Innocence," i equally am bored to tears by this debut. Many of the attributes are in place such as the use of more time signature devotions than the average neo-prog band however as far as the production, rotisserie of dynamics and compositional fortitude are concerned, there was still a long way to go. Luckily the band would get the memo fairly quickly and produce more interesting albums after this uninspiring debut.

2.5 rounded down

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