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The Watch

 

Neo-Prog

3.49 | 134 ratings

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erik neuteboom
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3 stars I remember very vividly that I heard the very Peter Gabriel-like voice of Simone Rosetti for the first time in 1997: I wrote reviews for the Dutch progrock magazine iO Pages, every prog CD similar to early Genesis or Mellotron-drenched came to my way and so I received Twilight by Simone Rosetti his first band The Night Watch. And indeed, within a few seconds the music carried me away to early Genesis. Ten years later and three years after their second effort entitled Vacuum, the new album by The Watch (Simone Rosetti his new band with a totally new line-up) evokes the same atmosphere: a sound mighty close to early Genesis (Nursery Cryme-Foxtrot-era) blended with the neo-prog by early IQ but less dynamic and less elaborate. The seven pleasant and melodic compositions deliver frequent Mellotron eruptions (often the violin sound along some choir-Mellotron), passionate Peter Gabriel-like vocals and some sensitive electric guitar work. In general the atmosphere is quite dreamy and mellow, at some moments there are bombastic eruptions and accellarations. To me the music on this new The Watch album sounds as 'pastoral prog': wonderful and tastefully coloured but a bit too subdued, in some songs I couldn't keep my attention. I prefer other obviously early Genesis inspired bands like Neuschwanstein and Sensitiva Immagine. Nonetheless, I am sure that the many The Watch fans (I am not really one of them) will be pleased with this new effort, in my opinion their most mature effort after all those years. My rating: 3,5 stars.
erik neuteboom | 3/5 |

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