Sunset. After missing the last bus, she walks back tentatively to the house she has rented for the summer. A house with memories of holidays long ago. She shuts the door. In the half-light, something catches her eye. A chair has been moved, ever so slightly. And the darkness is deepening. This can’t be good...
The honeyed voice of Johanna Kurkela glides over the lush empyrean chords of Kiss The Mountain, the remarkably beautiful halfway point of Auri's sophomore release Those We Don't Speak Of. It's an unusual placement in the running order; other bands might have chosen such a piece to close their album, drifting off like a lullaby...
It takes mere seconds to recognize the architect of the mysterious guitar as it emerges from the stillness. The famed fingers of Steve Hackett tap and glide across the fretboard with familiar dramatic flair in The Obliterati, the dark overture to his 28th studio album Surrender Of Silence. Notes bend until they cry out, primal..
'This album was 100 percent sonically possible in 1976.'andy tillison There is no comparison for the first live musical experience of one's wide-eyed youth; an aggressive guitar chord ringing out through the venue the moment it's strummed, the thud of drums pulsing through our bodies, a singer belting out a lyric that feels like it's..
'Fugazi is a good record, but could probably do with a remixing.'Nick Tauber, producer The weary jester lies alone, disrobed and sprawled across a hotel bed on a night that has too soon become morning. Evidence of meaningless trysts and the indulgences of his lifestyle lay strewn about him. Real and imagined objects pepper the..
A breath of fresh air after two double concept albums... There's a shift in approach detectable in the first spin of Innocence & Danger, the fourth and latest album from The Neal Morse Band (NMB). The compositions seem to arrive from a different angle - not wildly different, but enough to notice - and the..
Delicate, quirky, melodic, dreamy, sentimental... and timeless. There's a warm comfort to delving into an entry in Steve Howe's now quarter century-running Homebrew series; a kind of low-key, casual examination of his personal tape archives and home recordings that acts as a companion to the more polished studio albums of his catalogue. Homebrew tracks don't..
A warm homage to the Tull output of the 1970s... It's important to address a few points right away with this one before anyone rolls their eyes in instant judgment. Yes, Still Thick As A Brick is clearly a Jethro Tull-inspired release. Yes, it's a pastiche of the original Thick As A Brick in appearance,..
Occasionally a CD lands in the 'In' pile that I know nothing about whatsoever, and it can be a refreshing change of pace to dive in unaware of what's to come upon popping it in and pressing play. Such was the case with the eponymous debut album from American spacey progressive rock outfit There Is..
A Song For All Seasons is amazing! I get so welled up inside... The 2021 release date of Renaissance's new four disc collection (and mouthful of a title) 50th Anniversary – Ashes Are Burning: An Anthology – Live In Concert actually finds the band fifty-two years in to their remarkable history. But for the sticklers..