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Crossover Prog

3.46 | 165 ratings

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3 stars Phideaux with singer/songwriter qualities

Phideaux has produced 6 albums within four years, all with different characteristics. This one is mainly Prog Folk and Rock/Pop influenced. Therefore '313' is not consisting of typical Prog Rock material. It rather sounds just like a singer/songwriter album. Some songs remember me at Matt Johnson (THE THE) very much. Retro back into the 60s/70s - no track is longer than six minutes. Very melancholic in some cases as one can expect. Some sources say the album is titled in this way because the recordings of this project initially begun on 3/13/04.

The best songs are at the beginning and the production gets weaker in the second half. I don't want to describe every piece of music but to emphasize some more important songs. Have You Hugged Your Robot? is a retro pop song with more tempo and some vocoder modified vocals. A Storm Of Cats - very sensitive with a nice melody and excellent piano playing. And Never Gonna Go is another ballad and the most proggish song IMO because of a heavy mellotron use.

This album is a matter of taste of course. So I'm not really excited but I have to confess it's a good effort with some careful detail work.

Rivertree | 3/5 |


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