What does it sound like?:
Preparation for review of Tom Bowness – Lost in the ghost light
1. Copy of Wind and Wuthering – well worn
2. Copy of Heavy Horses and Songs from the Wood – less well worn
3. Book of glib neologisms (I suspect that would be great name for a prog group or better yet a death metal band)
4. Music cliché database
I have to confess my knowledge of TB is limited which I hope means I come to this without any baggage although the checklist above suggests otherwise.
Opener Worlds of Yesterday establishes the musician/craftsmanship credentials and tastefulness upfront. TB’s voice is familiar and comfortable, reminiscent in places of Paddy McAloon. Immediate reaction – this is nice, but will it have a change of pace as the album moves on? All very tasteful – nice organ solo, oh! and there’s Mr Anderson with his magic flute. Guitar solo next and very much a Steve Hackett solo from the mid 70’s.
Moonshot Manchild sonically gorgeous but from 4 minutes in its Tony Banks on keyboards (not a bad thing at all, just not a new thing). Proper prog length track all the bits are here.
Third track and a change in tempo and sound, welcome after 15 minutes of high production value gloss. Angrier guitar played immaculately. Edgier and thus more interesting.
“You wanted to be seen” has the big climactic ending a la Genesis but again it just feels like we’ve been here before.
So, damning with faint praise, without getting tied up in the tropes of prog (another band name?) for me it needs to do something different occasionally, bring something that hasn’t been delivered elegantly by lots of others since the mid 70’s, my concern on first listen is that this album doesn’t do that, it has all the moving parts and they are pleasant and clearly a lot of work has gone into the production of the album but what makes it stand out? Third track “Kill the pain that’s killing you” is far and away the most interesting. The rest is really very nice in ways that are both good and bad, I think what i mean is that its all a little too polite.
A second listen didn’t change my view I’m afraid.
So Dad, when the prog wars were fought where were you? I was one of the “radicals” demanding new stuff all the time (Progress?) and not happy sitting back in a comfortable pair of prog slippers made by the firm of Banks, Hackett, Rutherford, Collins and McAloon.
Dad, who’s McAloon?
What does it all *mean*?
It’s still the 1970’s. Homage or have we gone full circle?
Goes well with…
A Glass of Pinotage (actually about 3)
Might suit people who like…
Post Gabriel Genesis, Steve Hackett, No Man.