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Mellotron Storm
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4 stars The album may be called "Seasons End" but this is really a new beginning for the band. And where did they find Steve Hogarth ? His vocals, especially on the mellower songs could melt a stone. I don't think I will ever tire of hearing him sing. I like what it says in the liner notes, that Hogarth is no Fish, but then Fish is no Hogarth either.

"The King of Sunset Town" opens with spacey keys and synths as the song slowly builds. A great solo from Rothery, and drums come in passionately.Then Hogarth ! His vocals are so uplifting just after 7 minutes. "Easter" is about Ireland, and it opens with acoustic guitar and beautiful vocals. The guitar solo that follows is gorgeous ! This really is music for the heart. The vocal melody with keys is cool. "The Uninvited Guest" has another stunning guitar solo from Rothery. The longer this song plays out the better I like it.

"Seasons End" has this haunting keyboard intro with fragile vocals. I swear he can draw out emotions simply by using his vocals.This is a slow paced, beautiful song. Yet another amazing solo from Rothery. Ok, now he's just showing off. This song is actually about global warming, although it makes me think of the end of the summer and the sadness associated with it. "Holloway Girl" has reserved vocals, almost sad until the chorus arrives and then his vocals change. It's like the sun coming out from behind a dark cloud, it's so uplifting. Great tune. "Berlin"is both sad and emotional,and features some sax 2 minutes in. "After Me" is a mellow song with some emotion. "Hooks In You" is an uptempo tune that would be good to hear live. "The Space..." has another fantastic guitar solo followed by Hogarth crying out the vocal lines.

This album like "Misplaced Childhood" really strikes a chord with me. Especially "The King of Sunset Town" ,"Easter" and "Seasons End". Unlike "Misplaced Childhood" though, this has some weak tracks.

Mellotron Storm | 4/5 |


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