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FIGUREHEADS

THEO

Crossover Prog


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4.05 | 27 ratings | 2 reviews | 33% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2020

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Pathology (10:24)
2. Man of Action (15:17)
3. The Garden (9:56)
4. Portents & Providence (16:47)

Total Time 52:24

Line-up / Musicians

- Jim Alfredson / keyboards, lead vocals
- Gary Davenport / Chapman Stick, fretless bass
- Kevin DePree / drums, percussion
- Jake Reichbart / guitars (2,3)

With:
- Tom MacLean / guitars (1,4)
- Greg Nagy / backing vocals
- Donny Brown / backing vocals

Releases information

Label: Generation Prog Records
Format: CD, Digital
September 29, 2020

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THEO Figureheads ratings distribution


4.05
(27 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(33%)
33%
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(48%)
48%
Good, but non-essential (15%)
15%
Collectors/fans only (4%)
4%
Poor. Only for completionists (0%)
0%

THEO Figureheads reviews


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Review by kev rowland
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Reviewer
4 stars I didn't come across Theo's 2015's debut album, 'The Game Of Ouroboros', until five years after it release, and while it had some strong points, there were others where it felt just too commercial and bland for me. Now they are back with the second, and band leader Jim Alfredson (keyboards, lead vocals) has pulled together pretty much the same line-up with Gary Davenport (Chapman Stick, fretless bass) and Kevin DePree (drums, percussion) while guitarist Jake Reichbart here only features on two songs with Tom MacLean on the other two. Yes, this is just a four-track album, but they are all at least 10 minutes in length, with two about 15.

Right from the off, this hits with way more punch, as the gentle birdsong soon gives way to keyboards which lead into sweet guitar, just in time for MacLean to throw in some djent, Alfredson throws some leads over the top, and then when the vocals start they are harsh and we are off. It soon switches into something more melodic, but this is a ride from the start with loads of dynamics and contrasts. Whereas the first album dealt with the imbalance of power, this one was hugely impacted by the rise of authoritarian regimes, including of course Trump, "Each song represents a facet of our personalities. I believe we all have the potential for good and evil and sometimes the line between holding things together and falling off the proverbial cliff is very thin," Alfredson says.

Each song is very different, and the use of multiple keyboard styles and layers often lead the way, while the impact of the fretless bass is significant. It is a varied album, which has a modern progressive feel, as Alfredson mixes clear vocals, strong melodies, and musicianship in a very pleasant crossover approach which to my ears is a clear step up from the debut. Worth investigating.

Latest members reviews

4 stars THEO is a group to be reckoned with. Jim Alfredson, its leader, has been working since the beginning of this millennium on a jazz and blues side by bringing the Hammond, his instrument of choice. He worked alongside greats like Janiva Magness and Thornetta Davis. He returns to his prog sources w ... (read more)

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