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WE'RE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER

IT

 

Neo-Prog

3.91 | 73 ratings

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The Crow
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4 stars Who said that Neo-Prog could not be a used to make a deep reflection of nowadays problems?

With this album It have managed not only to create an excellent prog-rock album, they also speak about the complex political situation that we are experimenting the last years. Maybe they are being a bit too ambitious (or ingenious) if they are waiting for a real people's revolution. But it's a wonderful concept for an album anyway.

To develop this concept, they use a pristine and crystal clear production. It's obvious that they spent a lot of time not only composing the songs, but also in recording them to achieve the best possible sound. And I have the say that the album sounds fantastic, detailed and deep. Sometimes even a bit over-produced! But I'm OK with that.

Power starts the album wonderfully, with a powerful bass and a obscure and dramatic vocal interpretation. The guitars sounds great and there is a constant layer of keyboards (even mellotron), which deeply reminds me to Arena, specially the Rob Sowden's albums.

Born Into Debt contains a rather negative lyrics and it's a fine slow tempo song with good melodies. But it's a bit anodyne anyway and also very Arena resembling. And even more Arena is The Working Man, specially in the chorus and the guitar sound. They try to hide it with different effects, but the result is that the track sounds over-produced.

Last Chance has fine acoustic verses and a chorus where we can hear a slide guitar and mellotron. The solo brings automatically John Mitchell to mind... Again. But it's a correct song anyway. But surprisingly, the album gets better with Gamble the Dream, maybe the hardest moment of the album, great riffs and another good chorus. A very funny and fast song!

But wait, Voices is even better! The song starts with synthesised vocals and good keyboards, and here we can really hear the true character of the band. The Arena and IQ influences are not so obvious this time and after the third minute the band was able to compose a wonderful section which remembers me to the best musicals, containing wonderful choirs and melodies.

And The Path of Least Resistance is another hit of this album. With the Arena influenced surprisingly turned down, the beginning of the song follows the good path and style of Voices, but after that the tracks derives in darker vocal melodies and good instrumental passages till the moment 7'20'', when a great riff in the vein of Porcupine Tree starts till the end of the most progressive song of the album. And maybe the best!

House shows the influence of Steve Hogarth's Marillion, with strong bass playing and another catchy chorus. Modern Neo-Prog at its finest! Down the Hatch remembers me to Pink Floyd in the first seconds of the song, but soon a original dark melody appears with almost robotic vocals. After a mysterious instrumental interlude we can hear another great riff with strong bass and rough vocals. And at this moments it's obvious that despite their influences, this band has it's own personality.

Revolution starts with a bass which remembers me to Dream Theater. And that's not an accident, because the song has a riff in the verses that it's almost progressive metal. The chorus and instrumental interlude are more conventional, but they bring the album to and end in a rather appropriate way.

Conclusion: We're All in this Together is not the typical Neo-Prog album. Despite the strong Arena, IQ and Marillion influences the band is able to achieve its own personality, especially in the second half of the album. The result is a very funny, surprising album with a fine dark tone and strong musicianship, highlighting the good Jackson's vocals, great guitar riffs and strong bass.

In addition, the lyrics of the album are a rare gem, talking about social matter in a rather realistic and cool way. Just excellent!

Best Tracks: Power, Gamble the Dream, Voices, The Path of Least Resistance, Revolution.

My Rating: ****

The Crow | 4/5 |

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