Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Current Listening ~ 2/12/08

Frost* ~ Experiments in Mass Appeal
Second offering from progs Mr Pop, Jem Godfrey. For me this is even better than the debut. More of a band feel prevails with Declan Burke from the very promising Darwin’s Radio on lead vocals a smart move!

Phil Manzanera ~ Firebird V11
Phil back with his old Quiet Sun mucker, Charles Hayward. This has a very Quiet Sun/Diamond Head feel to it and even a bit of This Heat avant gardness! A great instrumental album with Phil’s guitar suitably treated.

Edensong ~ The Fruit Fallen
A very promising US outfit producing deceptively heavily pastoral type prog. One to watch out for.

Steven Wilson ~ Insurgentes
The mans a genius. No more to be said!

Unitopia ~ The Garden
This is unputdownable. A fantastically rich tapestry of sounds. One of the best of the year!

Big Big Train ~ English Boy Wonders
This early album has been completely re-done and sounds superb as a result. BBG are one of our best bands and more people should know about them.

Hawkwind ~ Spirit Of The Age
This 3 CD box set is the first release on Atomhenge and is a precursor to all of Hawkwinds post 1976 albums being re-released. Given the full Mark Powell treatment this looks and sounds terrific.

Coming soon will be my favourite prog releases of the year. Looks like it may be a Top40 this year! There will also be a re-releases best of and favourite live albums/compilations as well as some other favourite new releases, which fall outside the prog category!


Blogger alcockrj said...

I listened to a couple of tracks from the new Frost* album and thought they weren't as good as the first album. The style seems more pop-metally to me.

You're right about the Unitopia album. I think the longer tracks are better than the shorter ones though.

9:11 AM  
Blogger Barrie Sillars said...

Yes, I do think Jems full time pop career seeps more into this Frost* album, but I like that. The addition of Declan is a real boon.

The Unitopia is one of my favourites of the year. The long pieces are the best, but the shorter songs are pretty good too. I think Mark Trueack's vocals are very, very good. Have you seen the video for "This Life"?

12:52 PM  
Blogger alcockrj said...

I saw the video for 'This Life' but I wasn't too keen on the song.

From the Frost and Unitopia albums, which are your favourite tracks?

7:47 AM  
Blogger alcockrj said...

I think I'll give Frost*'s new album another try

7:36 AM  
Blogger alcockrj said...

Thanks for putting me back onto Frost*'s new album. I would have missed out on a gem. I think that the last track would have benefited from some editing though.

8:53 AM  

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