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Techno Nations - Volume 6
Techno Nations - Volume 6
Offered by actionrecords
Price: 7.00

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars last reviewer is not a techno fan, 25 April 2010
This double cd is not for those wishing to hear radio friendly hands in the air "choones". It is stripped down and quite minimal but full of good techno the way it used to be before chart trance a la Robert Miles destroyed the genre. The 90s had some brilliant music actually if you know where to look but i admit it was a bit fallow for shoe gazing NME types. If you enjoy minimalism then you wont go far wrong buying this good value cd.
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Dark Matter
Dark Matter
Price: 12.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Cosistently Exellent, 7 Aug 2009
This review is from: Dark Matter (Audio CD)
As a recent convert to IQ, what impresses me most is the sheer consistency of their output. They manage to write songs with great integrity, the lyrics and vocals are top draw - powerful and melodic - and the music has both granduer and subtlety with fine musicianship throught. On Dark Matter they return to the traditional prog keyboard sounds of hammond and mellotron to underpin the soaring leads and driving rhythm and this is real plus point for me as I love these retro sounds. The production is crisp and suits the music perfectly. Long may they continue.


Recycled
Recycled
Offered by Fulfillment Express
Price: 10.57

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Long overdue for some kudos, 26 July 2009
This review is from: Recycled (Audio CD)
Nektar are one of those bands whose music deserves far more attention even from prog afficionados. They played in a style that incorporated classic symphonic rock with psychadelia and a a whole lot more besides. Underpinned by a driving and dexterous rhythm section the music is taken to great hights of drama by exellent guitar and keyboards and soaring vocals. This albums centrepeice is the epic title track that is structured into recurring themes clocking in at just under 18 minutes and lyrically is more aposite now than when first released in the early 70s. On this as well as other albums they are able to be very melodic whilst still retaining depth and integrity. As progressive rock continues to enjoy a steady re emergence surely the time is right for a re apriasal of this exellent bands work.


2nd Hands
2nd Hands
Price: 13.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Trying to push the boundaries, 26 July 2009
This review is from: 2nd Hands (Audio CD)
I applaud this bands attempt to push musical bounderies and be outside any genre classification. Indeed there are a dizzying array of musical styles here from sampling ambience to post rock and even prog. They inhabit a similar world to Sigur Ros in that sense but have perhaps a more angular sound. The reason I could not give this a higher rating is that at times the music just doesn't cohere and sounds somewhat disjointed. However there are times when it all gels very well and shows the potential of the band if they could intergrate their interesting ideas more consistently. Definately a band I will keep tabs on they could well end up producing a masterpeice but this is not it.


Second Album
Second Album
Price: 6.25

12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Song Oriented Prog Rock, 26 July 2009
This review is from: Second Album (Audio CD)
Progressive rock has enjoyed a steady renaissance over the last few years that goes beyond mere nostalgia. There are a plethora of new progressive bands being enjoyed by younger audiences that have become bored with the ubiquitous nihlism of hip hop and endless regurgitations of interchangeable post rock and indie bands. Those of you looking for something with more depth, variety and creativity will find plenty of that in prog's back catalogue and this is one such example.
Curved Air's second album is consistently excellent with great songwriting and fine musicianship throughout. At the heart of the band is Sonja Kristina's haunting voice that that has a crysaline yet soulful quality that draws you into the storyline of the songs. Their sound is augmented by violin as well as the traditional bass drums keyboard and guitar with influences ranging from classical to blues and rock. These elements are inetegrated superbly well by the band to produce a distinctive yet accessible experience that gets better with repeated listens. Highly recommended.


Sleeping in Traffic Part One
Sleeping in Traffic Part One
Price: 7.71

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sweden...Its the place to be if u like Prog, 1 Jun 2009
There must be something in the water over in sweden at the momment. This is another fine progressive offering keeping up the standards set by contemparies such as Carptree, Ritual, Black Bonzo and the truly magnificent Anekdoten (there are probably more examples). Beardfish' music is quite eclectic in its style with some rather nice Gentle Giant type touches and many other nods to the golden era of prog. Lots of originality and some exellent musicianship make this 5 stars for me. Im thinking of moving there!


Out of Myself
Out of Myself
Offered by Fulfillment Express
Price: 11.64

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Forget The Genre Classification, 5 Nov 2008
This review is from: Out of Myself (Audio CD)
Many of the reviews here seek to give a reference to other bands which in a way is understandable as you are not gonna hear this on mainstream radio. However references can be misleading and even genre classifications can sometimes be too rigid. Riverside are a case in point. Yes there are elements of their sound which are influenced by some of the greats that other reviewers have mentioned, but what makes this album really stand out is the originality of the song writing and the inspirational arrangements. Add to that a powerfull production and great performance and what you get is one of the very best albums of this fledgeling century. Its prog jim but not as we know it!


Into the Night
Into the Night
Offered by Fulfillment Express
Price: 13.16

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Here Come the Poles!, 5 Nov 2008
This review is from: Into the Night (Audio CD)
There isnt much to add to the exellent review by Dr Fisher. I was a bit wary of buying this at first as I thought it might be too metal sounding. Actually it uses the best elements of guitar driven rock music and blends them with a symphonic sensibility to produce moments that sent a rocket through my spine. Beautifully crafted with a great production this is at the forefront of the current progressive rock renaissance. I look forward to hearing more from them.


Gravity
Gravity
Offered by thebookcommunity
Price: 25.51

5.0 out of 5 stars Where do you place this?, 10 Sep 2008
This review is from: Gravity (Audio CD)
This is the first Anekdoten cd I have bought having heard much about them on many progressive rock forums. This particular album is often cited as being to indie/altenate rock for many of their fans who say that earlier work has a more progressive King Crimson influenced sound. If said albums are better than this then they may well become one of my favourite bands of all time because this is actually superb! It does have a crossover feel to it and indeed a couple of my mates who are big into Radiohead and Muse thought it was exellent too. I am more of a prog rock fan myself but loved the light and shade in the songwriting on this cd. When the band strides out with mellotrons and driving guitar bass and drums it gets spine tinglingly good! Highly Recommended if youre not a genre snob!


Man Made Machine
Man Made Machine
Price: 21.77

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Yet another great release from Sweeden, 10 Sep 2008
This review is from: Man Made Machine (Audio CD)
Initially i liked this but thought that the tracks had a bit of a stop start feel as they all tend to have a lot of breakdowns into simple piano and voice followed by dramatic passages from the full band. However the more I hear it the more I think the arrangements work. The vocal melodies are very good indeed and hook you in from the first listen. The keyboards are haunting and compliment the vocals superbly. The general essence of this collection is upbeat and optomistic and has a classic progressive rock feel with an exellent production to boot. Fans of earlier period Yes and Genesis may well find affinity with the carptree sound though in truth they are vey much their own band.


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