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PINUP GURU

Tomas Bodin

 

Symphonic Prog

3.44 | 81 ratings

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ZowieZiggy
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3 stars There is only a limited TFK friends on board of this recording to help their band mate Bodin. A standard trio I would say with no guitar. It leaves wide open the path to Tomas who is plunging into this opportunity.

This album is very different in comparison with his debut. From a related TFK work, this one holds a lot of similarities with ELP. This feeling is very much in this vein during the first two songs: pompous church organ during Sodium Regale and bombastic in the longest track of this album What's Going On.

Me & Liz has a more TFK approach. Probably due to the jazz feeling. It changes from mood several and the fine bass work from Jonas Reingold is quite good in the middle part while the closing one is somewhat related with Genesis (but after all, pinup guru are two words coming out The Battle Of Epping Forrest, so.).

The same Genesis treat but combined to some soul (!) is available as well (Harlem Heat). Actually, Tomas is investigating different music type on this album and mixes prog rock with some Eastern influences (New In The Hood and The final Swig). The latter, which is the closing track, ends up with a fine and bombastic finale. It is a very pleasant moment, indeed.

There is scary track as well on this album: Blood is frightening and bizarre all the way through. One could easily think of vampires, murders and other atrocities while listening to this. Brrrrr..

It is at least a travel into space if not in time. The TFK contagion of ultra long albums has also left its mark here. Over seventy minutes were probably a bit too long. Still, it is another good album from Tomas who is well supported by Jonas and Zoltan.

ZowieZiggy | 3/5 |

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