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Short-lived side project for 3 members of ECHOLYN: Brett KULL (vocals & guitar), Paul RAMSEY (drums & percussion), and Ray WESTON (bass & vocals). They appeared under the names STILL and ALWAYS ALMOST with one release under each name. Those two releases are of intricate jazz-fusion and progressive rock influences. The musical styles are diverse including flavours of heavy rock, jazz, blues, pop, folk and prog.

STILL's "Always Almost" is mostly hard rock with a little psychedelic edge to it, and at times folk. ALWAYS ALMOST's "God Pounds His Nails" is vastly superior and sounds very much like a full blown ECHOLYN album. It is guitar-oriented with hints of The BEATLES, BIG STAR, LED ZEPPELIN, and JELLYFISH. A must for fans of ECHOLYN and for anyone who wants to widen their own musical horizons.

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 Always Almost by STILL album cover Studio Album, 1997
2.05 | 3 ratings

Always Almost
Still Crossover Prog

Review by Dan Bobrowski
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2 stars This is not an Echolyn release. After the band closed the shop doors, Bassist/singer Ray Weston, Guitarist/singer Brett Kull and Drummer Paul Ramsey formed Still and changed direction from Prog to a more rock format. Some keyboards do make appearances. John Avarese plays some piano, mellotron and accordion on a few tracks. In addition to accordian; lap steel, banjo, harmonica, and dirty buckets are featured instruments. Not your normal Echolyn staples, except the lap steel, which they used sparingly on other releases.

The opener, "Strongman" reminds me of Alice in Chains. Kinda grungy with annoying fuzz vocals. I've always hated that effect. Know it No comes off with a 70's rock vibe, but does feature a slightly prog styled bridge that hearkens to Echolyn earlier efforts. Poor Bug has more of that horrid vocal treatment, but has a Led Zep feel. The Years They Come could have been on "...and Every Blossom" Echolyn's EP follow up to "Suffocating the Bloom." It's one of my favorite tracks off the album with acoustic guitar and accordian accompaniment. Clearer the End is the dirty bucket percussion tune, some lap steel and really wonderful vocal melodies and a slight country tinge. Loveless has a "When the Leevee Breaks" chord structure. More Led Zep on Purge with a riff that recalls "Nobody's Fault but Mine." Calculated Truth has a sweet bass line and a Middle Eastern vocal motif. The Echolyn sound surfaces on Almost Always with banjo and tamborine and a simple kick drum. The final tune, I Used to Be" is a dirge, very melancholy. Unfortunately someone found it a good idea to slap a little banjo ditty with that 20's megaphone vocals that I find more annoying then interesting.

Overall, it's not that good. A few high points, tunes that could have been included on an Echolyn release. Collectors should have this, it sheds a different light on these performers, but offers little to prog music.

Thanks to ProgLucky for the artist addition.

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