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John Wesley


Crossover Prog

2.82 | 17 ratings

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2 stars This early release by John Wesley (of contemporary Porcupine Tree) is an emotive collection of singer/songwriter style songs which miss much more frequently than they hit, making "Emperor Falls" a poor album overall with a few shining gems hidden within for fans.

"Emperor Falls" is song-oriented, leading from one short, sensative pop tune to the next. While unambitious, the writing is very genuine, but while emotions and lyrics aspire to connect with the listener, the mediocrity of music holds back the potential for anything special. Wesley's guitar playing is quite good, using vibrant layers and processed tones to create interesting tapestries of sound, he just doesn't do enough of it to make much difference.

The introduction, "Out of Your League" is one of the few standout tracks, displaying some of this strong playing with a strong momentum and slinky vibe; "Emperor Falls" is another keeper, having a unique feel and building to a fine solo. All other tracks will leave the listener wondering what the point was. Ideas are introduced but not explored, and many songs feel like they are just getting started when they end. The end result is a sort of pointlessly introspective collection of languid pop songs-- too personal feeling to connect with, and too lazy to simply go along with. There's a definite unpolished (or even unfinished feel) to these songs.

Hogarth's and Rothery's contributions are negligible, making this one just for Wesley fans-- who are better off sticking with "Shiver".

Songwriting: 2 Instrumental Performances: 2 Lyrics/Vocals: 2 Style/Emotion/Replay: 2

Prog Leviathan | 2/5 |


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