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3.96 | 16 ratings | 2 reviews | 19% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2000

Songs / Tracks Listing

Act I
1. Raising of the Mainsail an a Song for the Damned (6:59)
2. Eye for Eye (4:20)
3. When the Smoke Fades Away (5:03)
4. Water Bodies (3:24)
5. Yard Arm to Yard Arm (2:45)
6. Safe Harbor ? (1:16)
7. London Towne (3:45)
8. You (3:26)
9. Islands (6:15)

Act II
10. Lemmings (7:39)
11. Ghosts (3:54)
12. Underwater One (1:04)
13. Without You (5:27)
14. Underwater Two (Le Mer) (1:00)
15. On Water (6:04)

Total Time: 65:21

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Line-up / Musicians

- Arman Christoff Boyles / vocals, guitars, synthesizers, bass, words and music
- Scott Rader / drums, bass, guitars

With:
- Danny Flores / bass, classical guitar, mandolin
- Marianne Joan / vocals
- Nate Tulenson / violin
- Lee Ingram / French horn
- Les Bloome / bass
- Todd Anisman / guitars, bass

Releases information

CD Self Produced
CD Self Produced 01POW (with different cover)

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3.96
(16 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(19%)
19%
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(50%)
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Review by progaeopteryx
PROG REVIEWER
5 stars Product is the work of Arman Christoff Boyles (vocals, guitar, synth) and Scott Rader (drums, bass, guitar), plus several guests. Their debut release, On Water was released in 2000, and is a concept album based on a sailor's life during the American Revolution. Although this seems like it would be an ambitious pursuit, Product successfully pulls off a classic debut.

On Water has the feel of Porcupine Tree and Pink Floyd throughout, especially with regard to the acoustics, ambience, vocals, and sound effects. Occasionally I picked up other influences, like the beautiful acoustic guitar on Without You reminds me of Gabriel-era Genesis, Water Bodies reminds me of a looser Alan Parsons Project, parts of Eye for Eye have an industrial rock feel to them, and the last two tracks remind me of Marillion's Brave album. The lyrics are well written, and easily convey the emotions of sailors during this time in history. Although musically, Boyles and Rader are not virtuosos, the focus of their music is in the meaning they are trying to convey and the atmospherics that would fit the messages in this wonderful concept. It's more or a less a combination of quiet and loud parts, each used particularly well together for the sections of the concept that suit them.

I've heard people compare Boyles singing voice to Peter Gabriel or Steve Hogarth, but to me he sounds more like a mix of Richard Wright and Steven Wilson. The delivery is especially comparable to Wilson's. However, this is only a comparison, as parts of his overall vocal range I find to be unique. He doesn't have a great voice, but he does deliver the emotion needed. For this style of music, it fits nicely.

I can't find any weaknesses on this album and enjoy it very much. It's a very original concept, approached in a somewhat Floydian fashion. The production and mixing are very well done. I'm surprised that this debut has not received the accolades and recognition it deserves. Well worthwhile masterpiece and someday to be a future classic. Five stars.

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Review by Mellotron Storm
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3 stars 3.5 stars. This is a concept album as told by a young sailor named Jacob, as he reflects on his life as a sailor on the ship with his fellow crew mates during the American Revolution. The kicker is that he's telling it as he's drowning !

As you might expect, the music is melancholic, dark and moody overall, although there is light and beauty that gets through the clouds from time to time. The first song has a spacey intro that turns dramatic, it's about the ship leaving the port. "Eye For Eye" begins with reserved vocals and an atmospheric background that quickly changes to heavy drums and distorted guitars.

"When The Smoke Fades Away" has fragile vocals, piano and FLOYD-like guitars. "London Towne" is an upbeat song with good drums and vocals. The next three songs are my favourites. "You" is a slow tune with female background vocals. "Islands" is a dreamy song. And "Lemmings" features the singer sounding quite theatrical like Roger Waters. "On Water" actually has an uplifting ending as he says "There is a home for me on water". It closes with "If we are an ocean, i'd be this island".

I look forward to listening to PRODUCT's next 2 records. This is a great start.

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