Thursday, December 13, 2007

2007 Prog Albums of the Year ~ Part 5 (10 - 6)

10. Lana Lane ~ Red Planet Boulevard
The first woman of American symphonic rock has returned with a real winner here. Back to a more stripped down heavy rock style, with guitarist Peer Verschuren shining throughout.

9. Dream Theater ~ Systematic Chaos
Maybe not as prog as “Octavarium”, but the band are as technically impressive as ever and still stretching themselves.

8. Ritual ~ The Hemulic Voluntary Band
Another Swedish band (been a good year for them) brings this unusual album. Quite acoustic and quite Gentle Giant, but this is one of the more individual albums of the year.

7. Beardfish ~ Sleeping In Traffic: Part One
More structured and focussed than their earlier two albums, this band have a rough and ready sound which is quite retro in a proto prog sort of way! The overall result is a very exciting album.

6. Big Big Train ~ The Difference Machine
This is simply magnificent. Beautifully structured and arranged, the attention to detail in all aspects of this recording is very impressive making for a highly individual and thoroughly modern prog album. Can’t wait for the next, to be called “English Electric”.

5 Comments:

Blogger alcockrj said...

I'm interested now to see what will be in the top 5. Will it be Porcupine Tree? All will be revealed soon!

Today, the Inside Out webpage has peoples' top albums of 2007:
http://www.insideout.de/catalog/news.php?osCsid=9306f139b851165ae6b210a114b9846d

6:33 AM  
Blogger alcockrj said...

I have just read through the Inside Out lists and your list is much better!

6:37 AM  
Blogger alcockrj said...

Here are the top albums of 2007 on Prog Archives:
http://www.progarchives.com/top-prog-albums.asp?year=2007

10:14 AM  
Blogger Chris Richards said...

Barrie - thanks for making the effort to fly the flag for progressive music - very interesting choice of albums so far! My personal favourite for 2007 is Phideaux's Doomsday Afternoon, but there have been plenty of good ones to choose from!

Have recently been compiling a list of my favourite prog albums from each of the years 1967 - 2007 (trying to pick a single album from each year)...maybe I'll post it up when I've finished!

7:32 PM  
Blogger Barrie Sillars said...

Thanks for all the comments. I will check out those other listings asap. Top 5 coming up later today and then I will publish my favoutire re-releases and some ods & sods!.

Chris, do post those listings asap. Woudl be interested to see what you pick.

11:04 AM  

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