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3.65 | 21 ratings | 4 reviews | 5% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2020

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Here Now (4:43)
2. Serendipity (3:42)
3. The Waiting Game (6:58)
4. Note from My Younger Self (7:00)
5. The Garden (13:12)
6. This Place (9:33)

Total Time 45:08

Line-up / Musicians

- Phil Griffiths / lead & backing vocals
- Stefan Glomb / guitars
- Philipp Jaehne / keyboards
- Pia Darmstaedter / flute
- Dennis Sturm / bass
- Dominik Steinbacher / drums & backing vocals
- Martin Griffiths / lead vocals (5)

Releases information

Label: QuiXote Music
Format: Vinyl, CD, Digital
September 19, 2020

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POOR GENETIC MATERIAL Here Now ratings distribution

(21 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(5%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(62%)
Good, but non-essential (29%)
Collectors/fans only (0%)
Poor. Only for completionists (5%)


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Review by kenethlevine
4 stars POOR GENETIC MATERIAL is like the carpenter with 12 toolboxes, each highly specialized, who cannot remember which toolbox does what, so has to open all of them. Luckily, this seems to delight the listener while apparently not aggravating the carpenter nearly as much as one might expect. Embarras du choix. Put another way, they have about 5 lead instruments give or take, because, after all, Phillip Griffiths' voice could swallow up about 5 average prog vocalists, if he didn't have flawlessly good taste that is. Lyrically erudite as well, he either insists on or is aggressively encouraged to bring in his dad Martin of BEGGARS OPERA fame at least once an album who manages to simultaneously raise the bar and make Phillip sound better! Oh dear I suppose that makes 6 instruments doesn't it? No matter. Open up the boxes!

Thematically, "Here Now" seems like the antonym and antidote for predecessor "Absence". The here and now is all we have, and, particularly in the centerpiece "The Garden" (sung by papa who name checks my favourite Beggars Opera track), the present has the capacity to be anything but a gift to the more sensitive among us. But who says we can't create our own, better reality, even if just for a vacation, or an evening for that matter? Musically, "Here Now" kicks off simply, with a string of shorter and progressively better tracks that converge while remaining well demarcated. As before, the group plies its trades comfortably at the intersection of simple and complex melodies, verse chorus structures and variegated suites, spacey ambience and funk, chill and edgy, solos and ensemble. My personal favourite is the touching "Note from my Younger Self", the complete package encapsulating all of the above.

In typical PGM fashion, all will be revealed in time, in my case almost 6 months, not that I think I have it, or anything figured out for that matter. But I can tell you that the arrangements, in particularly how Pia Darmstaedter's flute comingles with each other lead as called for, continue to mature, which might not be a requirement for this fan, but, inasmuch as it makes the band more likely to stick around for another decade or so, I'm all for it. Oh yeah sorry, I am just happy they are here now.

Review by kev rowland
3 stars German prog band Poor Genetic Material are back with their twelfth album, their first in four years, but there again the band have slowed down somewhat in recent times and no longer produce an album a year like they did for their first eight releases. It is the same recording unit which has been in place for years, while singer Phil Griffiths has again invited his father Martin (from the legendary Beggars Opera) to guest on a number as well. This is all mellow stuff, with multiple layers being set down for Phil to lay his vocals. He is a great singer, and also sets himself up with plenty of backing vocals which take the music into an almost 10CC direction. Due to the layering, it means that when an instrument manages to cut through it has an immediate and impressive impact, whether that is a finger popping bass note or a delicate flute. There are Mellotrons at play, distant lead guitars, and a pop/prog mentality which both makes this album feel rather lightweight and highly enjoyable at the same time.

This is not music where the listener needs to settle in for multiple plays, but rather is one where they can find themselves smiling on the very first time of playing the opening title track, with the smile getting that little wider the more they listen. I do wish there were more in the way of dynamics and depth in the material, and there are times when some of the early Eighties' influences are a little too overt, and Pallas in their early days are an obvious reference. I would have liked to have had a little more crunch and a little less polish, as I am sure these songs would not come across quite like this in a live environment. All that to one side, this is an incredibly enjoyable album, smack bang in the middle of the Crossover sub-genre, with the odd neo prog influences here and there. Maybe not one for the traditionalists, but a nice listen all the same.

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4 stars "Here Now" energetic title, almost danceable, rhythmic, dynamic, flute halfway through, melodic metal prog with keyboards and tortured guitar, title calibrated to go on a quick journey, a synthetic condensation between GENESIS, KING CRIMSON and a little of choruses from QUEEN, it looks pretty good; ... (read more)

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4 stars Veteran Outfit Hits Stride Poor Genetic Material ISN'T Consider the irony of skilled and devoted musicians collectively producing a dozen albums in their 20-plus years of existence- challenging each other and the listener not only with intelligent musicianship, but coupled with thought- pro ... (read more)

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