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BODY OF MIND

House of Usher

Eclectic Prog


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3.34 | 7 ratings | 3 reviews | 14% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 1998

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Faith (5:04)
2. Don't remind me (7:08)
3. Body of Mind (4:38)
4. Timneh (2:03)
5. Obsession (6:28)
6. Bewildered Serenity (5:48)
7. 911 (2:42)
8. Chimes (5:52)
9. C'est pas fini Pt 1 (0:22)
10. C'est pas fini Pt 2 (11:44)
11. Untitled (2:02)

Total Time: 53:51

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Line-up / Musicians

- Aaron / vocals
- Mark Evans / drums and percussion
- Mark Jardine / bass
- Richard Kaczynski / keyboards
- Michael Allen Moore / guitar

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HOUSE OF USHER Body of Mind ratings distribution


3.34
(7 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(14%)
14%
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(14%)
14%
Good, but non-essential (71%)
71%
Collectors/fans only (0%)
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Review by Greger
PROG REVIEWER
4 stars Two mysterious blue eyes are looking back at you from the album cover artwork of HOUSE OF USHER's self-financed debut CD. Artist Scott Fray makes the great cover artwork. It's hard to compare HOUSE OF USHER to any other band. They are blending symphonic neo-progressive rock with influences from classical, fusion, jazz and world music, often with many time changes. Their music is a mix between CAMEL, EMERSON, LAKE & PALMER, GENESIS, GENTLE GIANT, KING CRIMSON, MARILLION, PENDRAGON, PINK FLOYD and YES but with a sound of the '90's. The whole band is showing great musicianship, with the keyboard player Richard Kaczynski as the best.

The highlights are "Don't Remind Me", the acoustic "Timneh", "Obsession" and the closing "C'est Pas Finit" which is the best song on this album.

The only negative thing is that the mixing of the album could've been better and more dynamic. But as this is a self-financed and self-produced release you shouldn't expect too much. All in all it's a very good album.

Review by kenethlevine
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Prog-Folk Team
3 stars A name like "House of Usher" has associations with Edgar Allan Poe and his famous tale, and as a result casts my mind back to the Alan Parsons project's debut album. While this is not a bad reference point for the sole album put forth by this band, they have a more modern neo-prog sound at times reminiscent of IQ.

What really hurts this album is the muddy production, so it does best when conveying a dark gothic atmosphere in which this shortcoming becomes an advantage , such as in the opener "Faith", "Don't Remind me", the piano dominated instrumental "911", the superb guitar solo that round outs "C'est Pas Fini Part 2", and "C'est Pas Fini Part 3". Aaron's voice seems especially well designed for songs in which each syllable is individually pronounced, almost as if English is not his first language. But in "Obsession" and "Bewildered Serenity", the atmosphere seems secondary to the message that the band is attempting to convey, and that message is lost in the morass.

This is a decent album from a band that apparently came and went, rounded up to three stars since so little of even this admittedly second tier caliber even comes out of the US.

Review by b_olariu
PROG REVIEWER
3 stars From the depth of obscurity comes this band from USA - House of Usher with one album released in 1998 named Body of mind. The band and implicit the album gone unnoticed in prog circles and today is a very hard to find CD. A self-financed and self-produced release but with some great moments overall. The music is quite dark in atmosphere and relies more on vocal department where Aaron done a good job, he has a very good voice , deep and fits perfectly into this kind of music. Aswell the instrumental sections are more then ok, in some parts even excellent that means the musicianship is strong most of the time. With influences from Camel or even Pink Floyd, even some neo prog hints can be found here, Body of mind is quite great in my view. Forte pieces, Don't remember me, the short two instrumental tracks, first Timneh who is entirecly constructed on acustical guitar and 911 where is only piano but very strong and elegant piece to me ears, and the longest C'est pas fini can be considered the best track of the album, where the excellent keyboards passages are melted in avery original, smooth and elegant way with the guitar chops, really nice tune. All in all even is a forgotten and overlooked band, this album needs attention from prog listners, is truly an eclectic prog album where the music and vocal arrangements show potential, but with all that they gone into oblivion shortly after the release of the album. 3.5 stars for sure. Very good the cover art, made by artist Scott Fray, mhystical and dark, like the booklet aswell.

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