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The Watch



3.49 | 134 ratings

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3 stars I have already expressed my opinion about "The Watch" and "The Night Watch" before this. Actually, I pretty much like these bands which are Simone's projects.

It will fully brings you back to the early seventies-Genesis with loads of mellotron (and I am a 'tron maniac, so...) and the voice of course...I was a bit disappointed with the opener, but the last three minutes of it are extremely pleasant to my (old) ears. I guess you can call it my "Fountain Of Youth" (but not the Salmacis's one...).

Do you fancy some "Trespass" flavour ? Have a listen to "The Border". It is not the greatest song here; just a gentle break.

I guess that any of you would like to hear a great song that will remind you "Firth...", right ? Well, you' ll get here as well : "Two Paces To The Rear" is here to transport you in time and revive an almost similar experience; because we should never forget that "The Watch" has a model. And that the model is just the greatest prog band that has ever existed (but this is only my humble and HONEST opinion) and yes, I like very much some tribute bands ("The Musical Box" for instance which I will go and see soon in Amsterdam and Duisbourg for the ninth time or so) or bands fully in-line with the great Genesis.

"Two Paces..." is one of my fave from this band; really great and by far the most interesting one here.

I can't help. It is deeply written into my genes. When the music is good, vocals very pleasant (and rather intricated); I just fall apart (and I mean it). And I just don't give a damn about the purists who are yelling at such "cloning" efforts.

Of course, we'll come back to earth with a song like "When I was A Tree" : not exceptional at all. Average, I should say. Some more grandeur will be reached with "Berlin 36" (especially the lyrics about Jessie Owens) while the closing number "Soring On" reminds me of "Lamia". A good song to close a good album.

Still, I belive that "Vacuum" was substantially better. Three stars for this one.

ZowieZiggy | 3/5 |


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