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3.05 | 5 ratings | 2 reviews | 20% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 1997

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Whenever I Close My Eyes (7:07)
2. Stars That Cry Your Name (4:43)
3. Fear Of Rejection (7:24)
4. Hearts In Harmony (5:09)
5. And So It Goes (8:37)
6. Reversal Of Time (14:30)
7. The Light That Used To Shine (4:21)
8. Spinning Through The Years (13:32)
9. Like Shadows Again (8:24)

Total Time: 73:47

Line-up / Musicians

- Ken Senior / lead & backing vocals
- Steven McCabe / acoustic & electric guitars, organ, piano, Mellotron, synths, arranger & producer
- Frederick Retless / bass, MIDI bass
- Peter J. Douglas / drums, percussion, electronic drums, samples

- Christopher Farquarson / French horn
- Kim Phibble / clarinet, oboe
- Kevin Whittle / violin, viola
- Jonathan Heaver / cello

Releases information

CD Proximity Records - ESCD 9 (1997, UK)

FLAC Proximity Records - ESDDL 09 (2013, www)

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Review by Greger
3 stars ELEGANT SIMPLICITY is a rather unknown band from north England, even though this is their ninth album. They are playing a mixture of beautiful romantic ballads and mostly instrumental straightforward progressive rock. The music is a mix between CAMEL, GENESIS, The MOODY BLUES, The ALAN PARSONS PROJECT, PENDRAGON and PINK FLOYD, and it's very dominated by keyboards.

This is a high quality prog CD with good musicians. You can hear many classic vintage instruments such as Hammond, Mellotron, Moog etc.., together with guest appearances on violin, clarinet, cello and French horn etc. Steve McCabe is a great guitar and keyboard player. Unfortunately the vocalist and drummer aren't that brilliant, and that goes for the production as well. Sometimes the music is to laid back for my ears.

Guitarist/keyboard player Steve McCabe are also responsible for the production and engineering as well as the cover design, artwork and layout for the CD.

There are some good tracks on this album: "Stars That Cry Your Name", "Reversal Of Time", "Spinning Through The Years" and "Like Shadows Again".

This is maybe something for many progressive rock fan, and I don't think it's a bad album, but I can live without it.

Review by apps79
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3 stars Elegant Simplicity aka Steven McCabe start to be a serious contender among Melodic/Neo/Symphonic Progressive Rock acts after the mid-90's.''Reversal of Time'' is another good proof of the fact,the 9th studio effort of Mr. McBabe with Ken Senior on vocals, released in 1997 (Proximity Records).

No grand epics like the 43-min. ''The nature of change'' this time from McBabe, but still the album holds a couple of 15-min. tracks along with some shorter compositions to develop another nice package from Elegant Simplicity.McBabe's sharp guitar style and melodic hooks are again the leading force.CAMEL, MIKE OLDFIELD and PINK FLOYD are the obvious reference points.These excellent guitar leads are supported by the nice and careful use of keyboards, often presented under symphonic arrangements, to rise McBabe's talent for one more time.The arrangements are on a great level.The themes constantly change from radical and sharp guitar instrumentals to piano/keyboard-driven mellow passages and the combination of old school Symphonic Rock, Melodic Rock and Neo Prog soloing along with a touch of OLDFIELD-ian New Age parts is again lovely and attractive.Of course the drum programming and the minor keyboard flaws hold the album from being absolutely essential, but the huge amount of interesting moments make it worth owning.

An endless source of good and melodic Progressive Rock, Steve McBabe deserves much more of a promotion.''Reversal of time'' is nothing else than another inspired, consistent and tight album from this talented guy along the realms of both modern Progressive Rock and vintage 70's Prog.Warmly recommended.

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