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Eclectic Prog definition

The term 'eclectic' in the context of progressive rock describes a summation of elements from various musical sources, and the influences and career paths of bands that take from a wide range of genres or styles. While progressive music can be, in a larger sense, eclectic, the 'Eclectic Prog' term is specially meant to reference bands that trespass the boundaries of established Progressive Rock genres or that blend many influences.

Eclectic Prog combines hybrids of style and diversity of theme, promoting many elements from different sources. The Eclectic category recognizes bands that evolved markedly over their career (in a progressive, evolutionary way), or have a plural style without a clear referential core.

The basic features lie within the music's variety, rich influences, art tendencies and classic prog rock elements. Among the representative bands are KING CRIMSON, VAN DER GRAAF GENERATOR, and GENTLE GIANT.

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Eclectic Prog Top Albums


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4.63 | 4401 ratings
IN THE COURT OF THE CRIMSON KING
King Crimson
4.56 | 3499 ratings
RED
King Crimson
4.47 | 2180 ratings
GODBLUFF
Van Der Graaf Generator
4.42 | 2292 ratings
PAWN HEARTS
Van Der Graaf Generator
4.42 | 3024 ratings
LARKS' TONGUES IN ASPIC
King Crimson
4.35 | 1772 ratings
IN A GLASS HOUSE
Gentle Giant
4.32 | 1739 ratings
H TO HE, WHO AM THE ONLY ONE
Van Der Graaf Generator
4.31 | 2068 ratings
OCTOPUS
Gentle Giant
4.31 | 1692 ratings
THE POWER AND THE GLORY
Gentle Giant
4.29 | 1584 ratings
STILL LIFE
Van Der Graaf Generator
4.31 | 913 ratings
THE SILENT CORNER AND THE EMPTY STAGE
Hammill, Peter
4.29 | 1587 ratings
FREE HAND
Gentle Giant
4.27 | 1613 ratings
ACQUIRING THE TASTE
Gentle Giant
4.25 | 1482 ratings
VOYAGE OF THE ACOLYTE
Hackett, Steve
4.25 | 601 ratings
ANABELAS
Bubu
4.24 | 508 ratings
BANTAM TO BEHEMOTH
Birds And Buildings
4.25 | 420 ratings
MEMENTO Z BANALNYM TRYPTYKIEM
SBB
4.19 | 742 ratings
SLEEPING IN TRAFFIC - PART TWO
Beardfish
4.13 | 2271 ratings
LIZARD
King Crimson
4.24 | 336 ratings
DECALOGUE OF DARKNESS
Daal

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Latest Eclectic Prog Music Reviews


 Borrego by MINNEMANN, MARCO album cover Studio Album, 2017
3.28 | 6 ratings

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Borrego
Marco Minnemann Eclectic Prog

Review by Mellotron Storm
Prog Reviewer

3 stars 3.5 stars. I had no idea who Marco Minnemann was until seeing him in concert and having my pants blown off. I mean my son in law was mumbling away "Oh my God" over and over. Best drum show I've seen and I've seen plenty. Anyway I also had no idea how prolific this man is with all the projects he's involved with plus this his solo stuff which I counted something like 19 studio albums he's released. Obviously with his talent and connections he's got some guest on this one, most notably Joe Satriani and Alex Lifeson. This is a double album with four bonus tracks at the end of disc two.

So like almost all double albums we get hits and misses in fact I find disc one ends badly with those last four tunes. Love the opener though called "Sandstorm" for it's heaviness. Vocals in this one and it becomes fairly uplifting 3 minutes in. Check out Satriani after 2 minutes on "The Healer". "Thunderstorm" is cool with the piano and crashing drums. Violin and some great drumming on "Sculpters" Not into "A Random Place" at all but along with the opener my other favourite track from disc one is "Gold Digger". I like the atmosphere and melancholy. Disc two opens with a car starting in "Horsepower". Satriani impresses here. Not into "3 Ghosts In A Saloon" but the short next one "Homicide" is cool. Dark and experimental actually. Yikes on "Lady In White" and "Broken Part" but "What Can I Hide?" makes up for them and this is part of my top three songs along with the two from disc one.

So some great sounding tracks along with some songs that really are not my thing. Very much a mixed bag for sure.

 Free Hand by GENTLE GIANT album cover Studio Album, 1975
4.29 | 1587 ratings

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Free Hand
Gentle Giant Eclectic Prog

Review by Uruk_hai

5 stars Review #99

This is the last GENTLE GIANT studio album that I will give the highest qualification to, I promise.

"Free hand" was released in 1975 and it includes some of the most remarkable songs of the band.

"Just the same" became one of the favorite pieces in GENTLE GIANT's live performances, almost always as the opening song, it is a very joyful piece with a very iconic sax line. "On reflection" is one of the most recognizable songs in their catalog, just as they did in OCTOPUS with "Knots", the vocal play is absolutely majestic, it goes accompanied with Kerry MINNEAR's xylophone until it changes to the medieval flute-vocal-violin middle section which they improved as an instrumental opening of the song in live performances.

"Free hand" is more moved than "On reflection" and most of it is played with regular instruments (guitar, bass, drums, keyboards); I really think this song is much longer than it needs, it goes and goes so many times that I couldn't count them. "Time to kill" is not a very famous song of the band, it is a nice rock song with some interesting ups and downs but actually this is the song that I like the less in the album.

"His last voyage" is actually very cool: a very soft mainly acoustic melody with very discrete percussions and piano, it changes a little reaching the end when we can hear more presence of the drums and a nice guitar solo played by Gary GREEN. "Talybont" is just beautiful: once again GENTLE GIANT made a medieval stylized song, completely instrumental because sometimes words are just not needed. "Mobile" is a very folky rock song, the rhythm reminds some pastoral music with a very rock 'n' roll taste very interesting, I'd say.

I do consider this album a masterpiece, the last GENTLE GIANT masterpiece, however, among their 5 stars albums this is the one I like the less, probably I need to get more deep into this record, who knows?

I ranked this album #46 on my TOP 100 favorite Progressive Rock albums of all time.

 The Power and the Glory by GENTLE GIANT album cover Studio Album, 1974
4.31 | 1692 ratings

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The Power and the Glory
Gentle Giant Eclectic Prog

Review by Uruk_hai

5 stars Review #98

Continuing with the amazing catalog of GENTLE GIANT records, it is time for me to talk about "The power and the glory". As I said in another review: it is very hard for me to be objective when it comes to one of my favorite bands ever, but I'll do my best. The style this album has is kind of heavier than some of their previous albums, we can find some more precise rock tracks in here and it is absolutely great to hear an album in which the creativity and originality of the tracks remain as fresh as in its predecessors.

"Proclamation" is a very aggressive entrance that tells us the album is going to be very interesting, it's a Prog Rock piece that switches from a slow vocal piece to a more moved and powerful middle section, great opening. In "So sincere" we find a very interesting change of rhythms, I just adore how well these guys mix the Jazzy notes with the elegant complex Rock they play. In "Aspirations" we get a total calm soft piece with very harmonic vocals, acoustic guitar, soft percussions, and the incessant keyboard line.

"Playing the game" has in some moments a kind of a funky vibe that reminds some Stevie WONDER songs but without losing the unique style of the Giant, this is only in the first part of the song though, since it makes a very elegant switch in the melody in which I hear some Canterbury Scene stylized keyboard solo that reminds a little to EGG's first record, finally the song returns to its funky initial rhythm.

"Cogs in cogs" is a much more energic song, once again we can find excellent changes in the structure of the song that goes from the powerful melody to a slower middle section. "No god's a man" seems to be an instrumental piece until the band starts to sing again, at first it sounds like something Frank ZAPPA would have played with THE MOTHERS OF INVENTION but without all the crazy screams and distorted saxophones, probably the song that I like the less in the album but not bad at all.

"The face" starts with a very folky stylized violin line that starts to zig-zag with the short instrumental initial part of the song; the instrumental middle section is one of my favorites of the album, what Ray SHULMAN was doing with the violin is almost hypnotic. "Proclamation" finds its reprise version with the title of "Valedictory", they took the melody and turned it slower, and with a more obscure tone, you can feel the end is near.

The album ends with the song that gives it the title, I'm not pretty sure but I think this song was added as a bonus track since it wasn't part of the original tracklist, however, it is worth listening to it, the structure is a slow-played rock piece with a great organ line that makes it sound almost like a hymn.

One more absolutely essential masterpiece of the Giant of prog.

I ranked this album #34 on my TOP 100 favorite Progressive Rock albums of all time.

 Giant Steps... The First Five Years 1970-1975 by GENTLE GIANT album cover Boxset/Compilation, 1975
3.37 | 21 ratings

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Giant Steps... The First Five Years 1970-1975
Gentle Giant Eclectic Prog

Review by VianaProghead
Prog Reviewer

3 stars Review Nş 464

"Giant Steps?The First Five Years 1970-1975" is a compilation album of Gentle Giant and was released in 1975. This is a Vertigo compilation and, as the name indicates, this is a compilation with some of the tracks from their first six studio albums. So, it has tracks from their eponymous debut, second, third, fourth, fifth and sixth albums, "Gentle Giant", "Acquiring The Taste", "Three Friends", "Octopus", "In A Glass House" and "The Power And The Glory", respectivelly.

"Giant Steps?The First Five Years 1970-1975" is a compilation with extensive linear notes including interviews with the band's members. The selection is a bit different from the selection on their compilation "Pretentious For The Sake Of It", released in 1977, despite both compilations are only focused on the same first six studio albums from Gentle Giant.

"Giant Steps?The First Five Years 1970-1975" has fifteen tracks. "Giant" is from "Gentle Giant". It's a classic Gentle Giant's song, very dynamic and creative. I love the way the guitar is played and the great keyboard work of Kerry Minnear. It represents one of the best moments on that album. "Alucard" is from "Gentle Giant". "Alucard" is, if you haven't noticed already, "Dracula" spelled in the backwards. It's an atypical song because is more a hard rock song. It's relatively complex and has interesting and good instrumental passages with disturbing vocals. "Nothing At All" is from "Gentle Giant". It's a surprising track. It's an atypical Gentle Giant's track that has practically everything we can expect from this band. It begins as a soft and nice acoustic ballad with some melancholic harmonies. Sudenly, it grows as a heavy rock song. Finally, the song ends, as initially, a soft and beautiful acoustic ballad. "Plain Truth" is from "Acquiring The Taste". It's a solid rock track with the typical Gentle Giant's guitar work and good vocal harmonies. It's probably the most accessible track on that album, the less complex and the most traditional. Still, it's a solid closer for that album. "Prologue" is from "Three Friends". It's a song that progresses nicely with great individualperformances, especially with great and strong keyboard riffs and an excellent bass line. It's one of the best songs on that album. "A Cry For Everyone" is from "Octopus". It's an energetic song with an excellent melody, stunning vocals, a great guitar riff and a great keyboard work. It became a legendary and classic Gentle Giants' song. "Why Not?" is from "Gentle Giant". It's a heavy rock song, a bit dark and frantic with some calm and nice passages. It has a clear influence of the medieval music. "Peel The Paint" is from "Three Friends". It's a track inspired by the classical music, in the beginning, that starts very slow and delicate, but that suddenly develops into a more intense and dense, with a heavy rock format. It has a heavy rock part that reminds me Deep Purple. "Mister Class And Quality?" is from "Three Friends". It's a good song. It's probably the simplest song on that album. It has a nice melody and some interesting musical breaks. It's a rock song, with some good moments, great keyboards, a good bass line and a good drum work. "River" is from "Octopus". It's a strange, melodic and fascinating track. It's a rock song that flows progressively by different themes. It's very experimental and uses a lot of studio effects like moving the sound from speaker to speaker. "The Face" is from "The Power And The Glory". It's a song with a great instrumental section. It's, probably the most spectacular and creative song on that album. It's a great example of the creative genius of the band. "The Runway" is from "In A Glass House". It has a surprising start where the band seems to break some glasses. It's a great melodic song with rich varieties of styles and textures. It's at the same time complex and creative. "The Power And The Glory" is from "The Power And The Glory". Still, it isn't an ordinary track of that album. It's a bonus track, only available on certain editions of that album. It wasn't originally released on that album because it wasn't written when the album was released. It's a good short song with the classic Gentle Giant's sound, but it's less complex than the typical works of them. "Playing The Game" is from "The Power And The Glory". It's a dynamic and relatively complex theme. It's a multi-faceted pure prog song, in the Gentle Giant's vein. "In A Glass House" is from "In A Glass House". It's an excellent composition with great harmony. The chorus performed by the four singers is of superior quality. It has also a hard rock section with a memorable guitar riff, in the second part of the song. This is a great track that closes magnificently that amazing album.

Conclusion: "Giant Steps?The First Five Years 1970-1975" is a good compilation of Gentle Giant. It covers songs from their first six studio albums, which is in general considered their golden musical era. In relation to the selection of tracks, I've nothing negative to say. The first six studio albums of Gentle Giant are so great that is indifferent the choice of the songs. Those are represented with four songs from "Gentle Giant", one song from "Acquiring The Taste", three songs from "Three Friends", two songs from "Octopus", two songs from "In A Glass House" and three songs from "The Power And The Glory". "Giant Steps?The First Five Years 1970-1975" represents what a compilation must be of a prog band. All songs are great, progressive and well representative of that musical era. I'm going to rate it with 3 stars.

Prog is my Ferrari. Jem Godfrey (Frost*)

 In a Glass House by GENTLE GIANT album cover Studio Album, 1973
4.35 | 1772 ratings

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In a Glass House
Gentle Giant Eclectic Prog

Review by Uruk_hai

5 stars Review #97

One more great record of the Giant.

"In a glass house" is GENTLE GIANT's fifth album and the first one as a quintet since Phillip SHULMAN had felt the band, but Phillip's absence didn't affect the quality and creativity of the compositions, actually this is considered as GENTLE GIANT's best record in the TOP 100 that this website offers (I really like "Three friends" and "Octopus" more than this one but that doesn't make it a bad record at all).

Once again, I can't minimize any of the songs because I really feel all of them are brilliant. The formula of Jazzy/Medieval rock they showed in earlier records remains in "In a glass house", GENTLE GIANT is one of those bands that could create a very unique and recognizable style of music without getting repetitive, monotonal or boring, that's something I can't say about a lot of bands.

It is hard to choose favorite songs from an album that has a selection of such great pieces, so I'll just leave it to the imagination. Don't hesitate if you haven't heard this album, it's absolutely fantastic.

I ranked this album #29 on my TOP 100 favorite Progressive Rock albums of all time.

 Octopus by GENTLE GIANT album cover Studio Album, 1972
4.31 | 2068 ratings

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Octopus
Gentle Giant Eclectic Prog

Review by Uruk_hai

5 stars Review #96

Everything about this album makes me glad. Really, I adore this album.

This was the first GENTLE GIANT album that I heard back in 2009, I went to a record store and I saw an album with a cover that I knew I've seen before: it was "Three friends" (with the cover of "Gentle Giant" actually, but I didn't know that back then), I knew my cousin had it and, since I was already in love with PINK FLOYD, KING CRIMSON, YES and JETHRO TULL and I was searching more Progressive Rock to get to know the genre and I knew my oldest cousin had that album and I trusted his good taste I decided to buy it; it costs me $72 Mexican Pesos (more or less $3.50 dollars today or $6 dollars when I bought it) so I went home and played it.

When I heard the first song ("Prologue") I found out the CD was damaged so I had to go back to the store and exchange it for another copy, but they didn't have any other copy, they only had another GENTLE GIANT album that costed the same and that album was "Octopus", I went home with it, a little disappointed since I wanted to listen "Three friends" in its entirely but what I found was an absolute better album that became one of my all time favorites.

This album shows a very mature and more complex sound than any of the first three records of the band, it is also the last album featuring Phillip SHULMAN before he left the band. There is no song in this album that is not a masterpiece itself, I won't go one by one but only mention my favorite ones: "The advent of Panurge" opens the album with a great example of the voice play that characterized GENTLE GIANT, it is a very intense Rock song and one of the favorites in GENTLE GIANT's live performances; "Raconteour troubadour" brings back the medieval rock of "Acquiring the taste" but now we have a mainly acoustic song with violins and elegant percussions; "Knots" is amazing, if we had any doubt of the creative way of using human voices as instruments that GENTLE GIANT had this is the greatest example; "Dog's life" is another medieval stylized song with rock elements, I just love this kind of Prog; "River" closes the album with a very powerful and concise rock rhythm, it's just exquisite.

Now that I've heard all of the GENTLE GIANT albums I know what they were capable of, but being this my first approach to their music, I got a mind-blowing experience. I would never give this album any rate lower than 5 stars, I just could never do it.

I ranked this album #5 on my TOP 100 favorite Progressive Rock albums of all time.

 Three Friends by GENTLE GIANT album cover Studio Album, 1972
4.12 | 1321 ratings

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Three Friends
Gentle Giant Eclectic Prog

Review by Uruk_hai

5 stars Review # 95

I've been listening to this record at least 3 or 4 times per month since 2009 and I never get tired of it. The first and only conceptual album by GENTLE GIANT narrates the lives of three childhood friends that become three very different people when they grow up. In this record the medieval influenced music that was the main distiction in their first two albums and that would be part of some of their future records disappeared (or al least decreased a lot) but that didn't take off any of the greatness of the band, it's just that the uniqueness they had evolved and help them to create a very different kind of record. Also, this album was the last one to feature Malcolm MORTIMORE on drums before he was replaced by John WEATHERS and this was his way of make himself an unforgettable member of the band, I'm not trying to minimize the skills of any of the other members of the band, that would be ridiculous, but all the drum lines in this album are absolutely exquisite.

I will make a weird comparison with PINK FLOYD: I'd say that "The piper at the gates of dawn" and "A saucerful of secrets" were the PINK FLOYD albums in which they were trying to define a characteristic sound (which I think GENTLE GIANT did in its first record), Atom heart mother was the album in which PINK FLOYD took its music to a new level of experimentation but with a much more clear and defined style that only needed a punch to get into what the band would do in the best times of its career (similar of what GENTLE GIANT did in "Acquiring the taste") and finally we got "Meddle" in which we could totally understand what those guys were about (and that was the role of "Three friends" in the discography of GENTLE GIANT).

Every song of this record is absolutely amazing, beyond the tematic of the conceptual album, the instrumentation is (once again) excellent and there is no doubt of the talent of these six guys. The album is most of the time full of rock passages with instruments that still were kind of unorthodox in rock music. Even in Progressive Rock, bands with this quality of multi-instrument musicians are hard to find, and the guys of GENTLE GIANT always demonstrated that their habilities were superior to most of their contemporary bands.

I ranked this album #15 on my TOP 100 favorite Progressive Rock albums of all time.

 Acquiring the Taste by GENTLE GIANT album cover Studio Album, 1971
4.27 | 1613 ratings

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Acquiring the Taste
Gentle Giant Eclectic Prog

Review by Uruk_hai

5 stars Review #94

When it comes to GENTLE GIANT it is really hard to me to be impartial and objective, that is because besides KING CRIMSON and VAN DER GRAAF GENERATOR (yes, the holy trinity of Eclectic Prog) they're absolutely my favorite Prog Rock band, so I'm sorry, but all the studio albums of the Giant from 1971 to 1975 are absolute masterpieces to me and this was the first of them.

The way in which these guys used to experiment with all kinds rhythms is great, take "Pantagruel's nativity" for example, the song comes and goes from very sweet notes to kind of an obscure Hard Rock and then switches to an almost jazzy middle section; the exquisite and homogenic mixture of bass, guitar, drums, sax, xylophone (to name a few of the instruments chosen in the song keeps telling us that GENTLE GIANT is not some random Rock Band, these guys wanted to do something really unique and they did it, and it that was not their intention they're even more incredible of what I think.

In "Edge of twilight" the atmosphere changes to a more relaxed but yet kind of obscure piece with very discrete percussions until a couple of minutes later where we can find a slightly more intense percussion section, kind of an early KING CRIMSON song but less depressing. "The house, the street, the room" takes back the Rocky style of the first song, in this piece the middle part is more oriented to Jazz due to the trumpet playing and then switches to a Hard Rock part in which you can almost touch the vibes of the powerful bass line.

"Aquiring the taste" is actually the shortest piece of the record, a short instrumental that I don't know why but in my head it really sounds as the kind of music that would sound on a Disney movie about a giant, this was a great way to close the A-side of the album. Opening the B-side of the album, the first song is "Wreck", the style of the giant remains valid in this piece that also plays with the Experimental Rock/Medieval music of the band, the vocal roles and the flutes in the almost end of the song are a very exquisite touch; after another round to the song in which this medieval rock piece finds its end we find another exquisite soft ballad.

"The Moon is down", brings back a little the melody of "Wreck" but in a more relaxed way, the instrumental jazzy middle part gives a vibe that the album is not very far for reaching its end, so glad we still have two more songs. When "Black cat" starts you already know what the sound of the album is about, the mood in this jazzy piece is almost a ballad. "Plain truth" is the last theme and it really has a vibe of closure song, once again the homogenic mixture of Jazz Rock and medieval music explotes into a very majestic piece that ends this album.

Absolutely indispensable, GENTLE GIANT is a favorite Prog band to a lot of people and that is mainly because they managed to be probably the most complex, experimental and eclectic band of a music genre in which complex experimental and eclectic bands are the daily bread. This is not a great album, this is a GIANT album.

I ranked this album #38 on my TOP 100 favorite Progressive Rock albums of all time.

 Surrender of Silence by HACKETT, STEVE album cover Studio Album, 2021
3.95 | 43 ratings

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Surrender of Silence
Steve Hackett Eclectic Prog

Review by prog_traveller!!

4 stars Steve Hackett is very hardworking and creative in pandemic times and after the dreamy and purely acoustic album "Under A Mediterranean Sky" he is now releasing his second and 27th solo work in 2021. On "Surrender Of Silence" you can hear a mixture of Retro Prog , orchestral music and world music. Steve Hackett undertakes a little world tour on this album, which would certainly not be physically easy to do in those times of the pandemic. But Steve Hackett takes listeners around the world. You can hear Indian sounds, the drumming of Africa, a violin from the Balkans or oriental-influenced sounds. In addition, progressive sounds that run through most of the pieces and orchestral passages, gently intoned to bombastic sounding.

The whole thing is underlined by a truly diverse instrumentation. In addition to the more conventional rock instruments, on "Surrender Of Silence" you can also hear instruments that are less at home in rock music such as tar, dutar and dizi. In addition, the orchestral performance already mentioned, fat organ sound, violin, clarinet and saxophone and a guitar that sometimes sounds softly, at other times it rocks out grandiose and almost rampant quickly.

This album sounds incredibly gripping and varied. Of the twenty Steve Hackett works I know, "Surrender Of Silence" has certainly become the most varied record. This is also caused by the singing. Not only Steve Hackett himself can be heard very convincingly on the microphone for me, Nad Sylvan is also involved in the great "The Devil's Cathedral". And for more variety on the vocal side, especially Amanda Lehmann and the singers Durga McBroom and Lorelei McBroom for the title "Wingbeats".

Well, "Surrender Of Silence" certainly doesn't sound uniform, but the eleven tracks in this combination represent a fantastic set of compositions. Rather, this album sounds like new beginning, presented by diversity and optimism. And this applies to the powerful start with "The Obliterati", in which Steve Hackett immediately shows what a great guitarist he still is, right up to the slow and forgiving end of the record "Esperanza". But wait, one number on "Surrender Of Silence" is a bit out of the ordinary in a negative sense. The already mentioned "Wingbeats" sounds catchy, but unfortunately also quite flat. Musical music that this album could have done without. Fortunately, this is the only number that falls short of the other songs on the album.

Conclusion: Steve Hackett's 27th solo album has certainly become one of his most varied records. At the age of 71, Steve Hackett is the only musician from the former "Genesis cosmos" to regularly present his fans with new releases. And this time it was especially worth it with "Surrender Of Silence".

 The Pseudo-Scientific Study of Oceanic Neo-Cryptid Zoology by LIGHT IN THE OCEAN, THE album cover Studio Album, 2020
4.06 | 25 ratings

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The Pseudo-Scientific Study of Oceanic Neo-Cryptid Zoology
The Light In The Ocean Eclectic Prog

Review by Rivertree
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4 stars Thoughtful appealing melodies and gentle sound. This is the sophomore album from a band coming out of the US/Minneapolis region. Their debut back in 2019 still was recorded by a four-piece line up. But on this occasion the term band must be relativated, as the core is reduced to multi-instrumentalists Jared Emery and Jacob Ewert. Nearly everthing is written, performed, and recorded by them both. By the way, before discovering THE LIGHT IN THE OCEAN they already have recorded music together under the moniker TOM'S HANK. With more focus on the instrumental execution on this occasion the sound is already offered with a distinctive design, it's definitely worth a try too. Now returning back to 2020, what I'm really fond of the provided variety in style and mood. A step forward, quite a sensation.

Where you certainly can recognize that they are from the States, occasionally I also hear some similarities to Umphrey's McGee. Exemplarily to notice during the extended closing track Hamilton Big Boys which also showcases some violin support by Stephen Decker. The album title, okay, some humour or pun intended? I suspect yet they are bashing a somewhat pseudo-intellectual pretension, elevatedness, we actually are faced with here and there. Concerning the production everything is balanced. Singing voices and technical skills are top notch. The charming relaxed Beat Thief is starting with a looping behaviour, plus external narrative voice support contributed by Michelle Zeto and Rusty Detty.

And then I'm especially stoked about the short super hit Coffee Stains, catchy melody, melancholic guitars, punching bass, simply perfect! Increasing enthusiasm with every new listening session. You can count on me as a new fan. Very inspired compositions, nifty regarding mood and execution, close to a masterpiece. Concerning both masterminds a lot of talent is available here. THE LIGHT IN THE OCEAN have released one new single track in 2021 so far. Hopefully there is coming more soon, and they will be able to keep the level high in that way.

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Bands/Artists Country
16 DEADLY IMPROVS United States
17F Switzerland
4/3 DE TRIO France
8 DAYS IN APRIL Germany
A.C.T Sweden
ABRETE GANDUL Chile
ABSOLUTE ELSEWHERE United Kingdom
ABSURDCUS Romania
ACADEMIE OF FARSIDE Indonesia
ACINTYA France
ADVENT United States
AFFINITY United Kingdom
AKO DOMA Slovakia
AKRITAS Greece
AKT Italy
JEAN-PIERRE ALARCEN France
ALBATROS Germany
ALCO FRISBASS France
ALEXL Brazil
ALGERNON United States
ALICE'S MIRROR Italy
ALLOMERUS Australia
ALON United States
ALPHA RALPHA France
ALQUILBENCIL Spain
ALQUIN Netherlands
ALTABLANCA Argentina
ALTAIR Spain
ALTERNATIV QUARTET Romania
ALTERS Poland
MICHEL ALTMAYER France
AMPLEDEED United States
ANAKDOTA Israel
ANANE Indonesia
APERCO Israel
COSTE APETREA Sweden
APPLE BELLS Poland
ARBATEL Mexico
ARDO DOMBEC Germany
AREKNAMÉS Italy
ARMADA United Kingdom
ART AND ILLUSION Italy
ARTCANE France
PETER ASHBY United Kingdom
THE ASHQELON QUILT Israel
ASTRID PRÖLL Puerto Rico
ATHELSTONE Malta
ATLANTIDE France
AUDIENCE United Kingdom
AUDIO VISIONS United States
AUNT MARY Norway
AVE ROCK Argentina
AVIATOR United Kingdom
ÁVORA DI CARLLA Brazil
AXON-NEURON United States
BABA YOGA Italy
BAD ALCHEMY United States
VLADIMIR BADIROV Uzbekistan
BAG France
DAVID BAGSBY United States
BAKU LLAMA United States
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