M. J. Sexton

"Prog rocker"
Helpful votes received on reviews: 78% (86 of 110)
Location: Crayford, Kent United Kingdom



Top Reviewer Ranking: 828,016 - Total Helpful Votes: 86 of 110
Gathering Light ~ Karnataka
Gathering Light ~ Karnataka
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Blinded by the light?, 13 April 2010
I'm giving this 4 stars based on the final epic title track. This isnt to say that the other tracks aren't equally as good, but ironically being generally shorter may take more listens. The strength for me with this disc is that the running order ensures that each song gets progressively better (no pun intended!) so that by the time you hit The Gathering Light, the album goes out on a peak rather than fading away. Standout playing has to go to guitarist Enrico Pinna who has a lot to live up to in filling the shoes left by Paul Davies (now with Panic Room) but who acquits himself admirably. Much is being made of Lisa Fury's voice who at times is reminiscent of Christine Perfect/McVie of… Read more
Frequency [CD+DVD] ~ IQ
Peter Nicholls has commented drily about the album's title saying this could be the often lengthy intervals between the band's recorded output! There is perhaps a reasonable explanation in that they lost both Martin Orford (early on) and Andy Edwards (following recording) during the delivery of the piece. Whose next? JJ? Not that you'd know it here. With all the standard IQ trademarks in place, the band deliver what fans have come to know and love. I cant get Ryker Skies out of my head! Now what about that London date?
Pendragon - Concerto Maximo [2009] [DVD] <b>DVD</b> ~ Pendragon
3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure prog in Poland!, 30 April 2009
I'm fairly new to Pendragon (hard to believe given how long they've been around!) However, I think now is not a bad time to have a look at where so-called 'neo-prog' is going, at least under the tutelage of Nick Barrett & co. I cant get enough of this at the moment. Not being familar with the back catlogue (OK all Pendies know Walls of Babylon) a track like I am a Nomadic man is a sheer joy, Barret's guitar style is melodic and emotive. Clive Nolan is a picture of studiousness as he sets his keyboard ranks for the next epic and what can you say about the rythym section of Peter Gee and Scott Higham? The new boy on drums is on fire through the whole set. Pure is only represented by 3 tracks… Read more