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TIMELESS

The Watch

 

Neo-Prog

3.60 | 161 ratings

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toroddfuglesteg
4 stars The Watch returns again with a new album.

This Italian band releases albums on an annually basis so this is no comeback. The band has been touring the world too with their Genesis material and show. Timeless is their fifth album with original material.

The Watch is known as the band most resembling the Peter Gabriel era Genesis. We all expect that The Watch releases original songs albums which can be confused with Foxtrot/ Nursery/Selling England studio outtakes. Timeless does not disappoint and that is really all I can say about the type music. We all know Genesis and that's it. Go figure.

The quality of the stuff here is as usual great from The Watch. What concerns me though is the three Genesis songs they have included here. For The Watch to include Genesis songs on a studio album backfires on The Watch. The problem here is that compared to Jesus Christ, even Mother Theresa comes up short. In plain speak; compared to Genesis, The Watch's material comes up short. The Watch has set themselves up for a fall here. Under a closer inspection and compared to their previous albums, Timeless is quality wise a step backwards. Not a big step, but still a step backwards. The cynics here will say the inclusion of Genesis songs is just a bandage put on a wobbly knee to support it. In short; to get better ratings by the critics like for example myself. In this respect; they have succeeded. Another danger by including these songs is that it is next to impossible to spot the difference in style between the Genesis and the The Watch songs here. Is the art of creation the same as imitation ? Well, you decide.

Despite of my gripes and a Genesis song being my favorite song here (the stunningly superb Stagnation), this album is still a great album and a suitable candidate for top ten anno 2011. But next album better not include three Genesis songs though.

4 stars

toroddfuglesteg | 4/5 |

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