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Nick Prol and The Proletarians - An Erstwisle Alphabestiary: Book One CD (album) cover


Nick Prol and The Proletarians



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4 stars Wow, here we have some intriguing eclectic respectively avantgarde prog. Accessible enough though, not out of range, like it is in several cases. Eh, nearly, you eventually may exclude Birth Gourd for example, which is evolving like a weird expedition into Post Punk. Yep, that means appealing in most cases, when it comes to my music taste. Showcasing sense of reality, but also equipped with a proper dose of humor, mastermind Nick Prol describes it as 'Pop In Opposition'. Well, you can't deny the fun factor here anyhow. The album and track titles, an alphabetical catalogue, some food for thought. And then the liner notes are revealing a group of 'stuntmen', who are up to support him concerning the recordings.

Finally the music is mirroring inspiration and joy of playing definitely. All this is kept on an album consisting of 14 relatively tight compositions, brimful of ideas, while obviously having the focus on multiple guitar wizzardness. This comes just like a wonderfully coloured puzzle, set together by Nick Prol utilizing a bunch of little quirky pieces. Occasionally some jazzy appeal is available due to the use of wind instruments. And diverse samples are incorporated. Foreword By The Author reminds me of some Welsh (Man) guitars coming to the fore. Loshnongs - the best remains for the final. An extraordinary tune offering a forward-looking message at the end. 'Book One' is a great album, almost overwhelming, nothing wrong here. The next is already in the print house, I assume.

Rivertree | 4/5 |


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