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Squire Jaco
4 stars For a prog band from Germany, ARGOS sounds awfully British. Or wonderfully British...

This is one of my favorite bands of the modern prog era, consistently producing high-quality progressive albums full of emotion, great storytelling, a high level of musicianship all around, and inventive melodies. The CD package for "Unidentified Dying Objects" also contains great artwork, which is another consistent trait of their albums.

I think I still rate their previous album "A Seasonal Affair" just slightly better than this one. But if you can imagine VDGG playing songs with similitudes to Genesis, Gentle Giant and later-period Beatles(!) in an occasionally Canterbury-ish way, you'll get a bit of an idea of how this album sounds overall. The lead singer has a voice very similar to Peter Hammill, but avoids the strained vocals that Hammill occasionally visits. The drums are active and interesting without being overpowering; the keyboards are great, and the frequent use of organ lends itself to the VDGG comparisons again; you get plenty of meaty bass playing in the style that Chris Squire pioneered; some nice tastes of flute, sax and trumpet sprinkled in; but you can't (or I can't) have a truly great prog album without really fine guitar playing, and it is absolutely outstanding on this album.

This band does not have a bad album in their catalog. I daresay they've never recorded any bad songs. "Unidentified Dying Objects" is one more great addition to their oeuvre.

I'm going 4.5 stars on this one.

Squire Jaco | 4/5 |


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