A. Robinson

Helpful votes received on reviews: 90% (333 of 372)
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Top Reviewer Ranking: 776,532 - Total Helpful Votes: 333 of 372
Big Red Spark ~ Tinyfish
Big Red Spark ~ Tinyfish
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Tinyfish are a progressive rock band, but then so are Porcupine Tree, and for some broadminded folk so are Radiohead, even to some degree, the likes of Elbow and Muse. The point I'm making here is that progressive rock is not merely some prehistoric form of forgotten music. By it's very definition progressive rock, progresses and evolves into something new...or at least it should. There are plenty of bands out there who clearly would love to sound like Genesis, or Yes, and try to capture that dearly departed sound. Tinyfish are NOT one of those bands. Although their main influences may lie in the 'Neo prog' movement of the 80's, their sound is extremely fresh, and to my mind they are… Read more
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Back with a bite!!, 6 Oct 2008
I was a huge fan of It Bites in the late 80's, and when I heard a reunion was on the cards, I was very excited. Yes, it's a shame Frank Dunnery isn't at the helm, but to be honest, when I saw them live a few weeks ago (Sept 2008) in London, new frontman John Mitchel more than proved himself the perfect replacement.

The Tall Ships is a brilliant album. It's geneously laced with all the wonderful ingredients that produce that unmistakable It Bites sound. The production is crisp, the musicanship, as you would expect is first class. John Mitchels lead guitar work is some of his best. The album opens with the catchy and quirky 'Oh My God and drives headlong into the brilliant 'Ghosts'… Read more
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Being a big fan of both progressive rock and ambient electronica, it was inevitable that FFWD was going to get my attention. The early to mid 90's are something of a blur to me now, but I do remember the pleasure of discovering the Orb, Global Communication, FSOL, Irestistible Force etc, and FFWD is reccomended for anyone who had an ear for this scene. Fans of Robert Fripp and King Crimson will know to expect the unexpected from him, but if your inclination is more towards rock than dub and ambient music, this may not be your thing.

The album meanders through some lush soundscapes, where Fripps 'treatments' are sometimes in evidence, although for me, not really enough. This is… Read more