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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: I AND THOU
  • ASIN: B006TFKL68
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 241,650 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Distant Planet on 1 Dec. 2012
This album is essential progressive rock that all fans of the genre will appreciate. Fans of Genesis, Pink Floyd, Renaissance, Headspace, Yes, Marillion, Radiohead and Porcupine Tree will all find something to cherish here.

Essentially 'I And Thou' is a solo project led by Jason Hart, with guest appearances from some well known musicians. Despite the other musicians involved the music often retains the feel of a singer songwriter at work. The music is fairly laid back with even the heavier passages expressing their venom in a restrained manner. Melody is always at a premium as is emotion and atmosphere. Whilst there is something melancholic about the songs, there is also something positive and beautiful in them. Probably the best way to describe the vibe of the music is by using that Swedish word 'Vemod' that even the Swedes themselves struggle to define to us !!
Jason currently plays with Renaissance and this is evident in his beautifully ornate piano work, think of those wonderful piano lines from 'Running Hard' as a possible reference (the cover art work for the album is actually painted by Renaissance's Annie Haslam !!!). Extensive use of organ, synth and (thankfully !!) mellotron showcase Jason's talents further. Jason has also worked with Rufus Wainwright and has recently toured with Marillion and has shared the stage with many very famous artists. He is a superb vocalist too and at times reminds me of a cross between Damian Wilson and Jon Anderson. On the strength of this album alone he is now one of my favourite vocalists.

Guest musicians on 'Speak' include: John Gargano, Keren Ann and Steve Hogarth amongst others.
The album consists of four long tracks (the shortest of these clocks in at 11.35 !!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Torodd Fuglesteg on 1 Jan. 2013
I And Thou is a new US band lead by Jason Hart, keyboardist with Renaissance. Annie Haslam has done the art work and members of Izz is also helping out Jason on various instruments. Steve Hogarth from Marillion is also lending a helping hand on one track. Jason is the vocalist and keyboards player throughout. He has also written the material on Speak.

The music is almost a give away. It is classic English sounding symphonic prog (Genesis) with a lot of influences from the US scene too. Izz off course is a strong influence. I also detects some Spock's Beard and Neal Morse influences too.

The music is pastoral and softly spoken. No bombastic cascades and no fireworks. Jason Hart's vocals is also very soft. The lack of fireworks is one of the reasons why Speak works so well. It also has this great Genesis feel from Wind & Wuthering.

Speak is softly spoken, but it still throws a big punch. Jason's keyboards is really superb here. The best song is the Genesis like title track. A superb track. There is no real weak tracks here. The material here is both an immediate hit and a grower. I suspect this is an album I will enjoy in the upcoming years and decades. My only gripe is the lack of a killer track. That though is my only gripe with this album. A five stars album it is.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ben Bottle on 2 Dec. 2012
And that it is - pleasant and enjoyable enough.
There's nothing to get really excited about in my humble opinion, but if you think Renaissance, you'll be in the ball park.
I would not call it "essential progressive rock" and find the comparisons with Genesis, Pink Floyd, Renaissance, Yes, Marillion, et al a little misleading. Having said that, I guess there are 'elements' of such influences? It's a question of perception, I suppose?
By and large it is a fairly gentle and pleasing outing and I not mean that to sound demeaning.
It is fairly laid back with a lovely melodic feel and a few periods that take a more "upbeat" route.
It's quite keyboard laden - acoustic and electric; but the instrumentation is fairly subtle and all the better for it.
Nice vocals and the emotional voice of Steve Hogarth on the final track blends beautifully.
The other review, (there was just the one when I submitted this), was pretty comprehensive and informative; although, as indicated, I am not in full agreement with it.
However, it does make for a very reasonable guide.
I like this!! You can "listen" to it or just have it as something nice in the background.
A very creditable 4 stars!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Thorgod on 8 May 2015
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Very nice melodic rock, which can boarder on progressive without a hint of heavy. This is no way a criticism, although slightly non discript and very easy on the ear. It never tests the listener in its approach, but relaxes one with gently phasing and heavenly vocals, in a male Renaissance way, just not as complex or possibly entertaining! But the songs hover around the gentler side of the spectrum with flowing theatrical themes, but never becoming over complex. With obvious Genisis comparisons without a soundalike attitude.
It may not sound like it, but I do like this album, which grows on you, but doesn't test. This doesn't mean that it is boring either as before you know it the CD is over, and this isn't because of the length of it.

If Renaissance, The Moody Blues,Genisis or Barclay James Harvest is your thing, then this just could be your bag. There are no real great solos or presence in here, good music is, with flowing grace to adore.
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