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Mike Rutherford


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4 stars #30 Review

After reviewing the 80s hit "Acting Very Strange" with the lowest score i have given to an album ever, i decided to finish the reviews of Mike's solo efforts (not Mike + The Mechanics cause they're not in this site and i also don't care that much about that) with Smallcreep's Day, compared to the previous album, i already listened to this one and quiet enjoyed it, while "Acting Very Strange" was a first and last listen.

1 - 7.- Smallcreep's Day - Between the Tick and the Tock 8/10 Really atmospheric, good lyrics, everything sets you for this adventure. Reminds me of a SNES/Sega Genesis era theme, really nice. Still, some parts get a little bit boring and repetitive.

- Working in line 10/10 Reminds me a little of "Yes", really vibrant and happy, it is also brilliant, the guitar, battery, everything works really well. My only complaint would be that is short, but it works in the context of the story.

- After Hours 10/10 Pretty start, i can already picture the day fading away, brilliant keyboard by Anthony Phillips.

- Cats and Rats (In The Neighbourhood) 8/10 Reminds me of "Back in NYC" and like that theme, this one also falls in repetition, but is still good nonetheless.

- Smallcreep Alone 10/10 I'm getting the conception that people named Anthony are really good at atmospheric chords on keyboards, this also serves really well for the perception of loneliness, a nice little soundtrack that keeps the flow going.

- Cut Into the Daylight 10/10 Really interesting instrumental all through, just amazing. Nothing to envy from Yes or your Genesis mates, this is great.

- At the end of the day 7/10 Really beautyful, is repetitive the first half but then it keeps adding, reminds me of "Afterglow" a little.

8.- Moonshine 5/10 The wanna be single of the album, its ok and repetitive. This the theme that you would play in the credits of a movie. The rythm bores me.

9.- Time and Time Again 7/10 Another song that tries to be a single, this one gets me a little more because of the keyboards and its sudden changes near the end, that includes the beautyful piano part and solo.

10.- Romani 7/10 I like the chords, the really good bass and the 5/6 to 4/4 changes through the song, and the different ending, but i think that everything could've been a little bit more, maybe as a longer instrumental.

11.- Every Road 5/10 Simple use of the guitar for a melancholic sounding song, with beatutyful ending, i'm seeing a patern here, this theme is ok for what it does and for me what it does is bore me mostly because i'm not that much into ballads... maybe it would've worked better if it were shorter and added to the Smallcreep's Day suite somehow.

12.- Overnight Job 7/10 The final attempt at a single, this one also sports a repetitive rythm through the song and a noticeable structure, its a well done job, like an all working clean machine that doesn't impress me that much, people could say that i discovered a gem that sadly isn't the kind of thing that i'm into mostly. While the structure is recycled again with the aweosome ending, this one is the best and it sadly ends too soon, that part had more potential than the entirity of the song.

So, in the end this album is really good, i obviusly recommend the Smallcreep's Day suite. The final score for this one is: 78/100 wich is 4 stars.

Now its the time that i go and review Steve Hackett!

FalconBleck | 4/5 |


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