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Alan White


Crossover Prog

2.69 | 16 ratings

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2 stars Better than Ramshackled

Solo albums by drummers do not grow on trees, but Yes' Alan White has two under his belt. Or, strictly speaking, unlike Ramshackled from exactly three decades earlier, the present album is by a band called White led by Alan. Graced by a nice Roger Dean cover picture and featuring also another Yes man in Geoff Downes on keyboards, one could easily be led to think that this album will sound like Yes. But while Alan's drumming is recognizable and the bass guitar is in the style of Chris Squire, overall this does not sound similar to Yes. Downes' keyboards take the back seat throughout to guitars that have a contemporary, "grungy" Alternative Rock kind of sound while the lead vocals remind me of Fish of Marillion. This is an interesting combination of sounds and the end result is a decent Rock album, but not really a progressive Rock album. There are influences from Pop, American Folk, and even Reggae, but very little Prog. The best track is the acoustically driven closer Waterhole.

While this album is much better than the awful Ramshackled, this is not a terribly impressive effort either.

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