A. Willans

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Self-Preserved While The Bodies Float ~ Oceansize
12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars calmer waters?, 7 Sep 2010
Reviewing an Oceansize album in its first week of release is always going to be a tricky and wildly inaccurate exercise. Using the epic Frames as reference point, and applying the clichéd Pandora's box notion, you can revisit this score and add an extra point per month until your preferred numerical value is achieved.
Early reviews using track duration as a measure for accessibility are, in my humble opinion, lazy journalism. I doubt we'll be seeing Oceansize on "The One Show" just yet. Thankfully.

Serving as a coarse welcome mat to the new album, "Part Cardiac" sets out with almost deliberate glee to warn off any criticism relating to the softening of the new… Read more
Pariah the Parrot the Delusion ~ Dredg
5.0 out of 5 stars Looking for a saviour?, 24 Jun 2009
Being an avid fan of Dredg since Leitmotif the air was indeed heavy as I dove into this new album.

"Leitmotif" was and still is a work of pure genius. "El Cielo" refined the bands eclectic mix of influences further and added a touch of skywalker ranch polish to the delivery. The tricky third album "Catch Without Arms" was a mixed bag in my humble opinion, with moments of exceptional song writing and performance occasionally marred by too much art college contemplation. I had fingers and toes firmly crossed as I hit play for the first time on a sunny drive to work...

There are so many reasons why you should own this album and so few words available for me to accurately… Read more
Fear Of A Blank Planet ~ Porcupine Tree
Fear Of A Blank Planet ~ Porcupine Tree
29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Musical Pandora's Box, 13 April 2007
Firstly I totally agree with the previous comments that this band has earned its deserved reputation through a lot of hard working years in the industry. What is most incredible is that the quality of their output is constantly of such a high standard, and if there are any cracks they certainly aren't visible here. When you finally prise Deadwing from the HiFi you'll be greeted with a killer acoustic riff that signifies the next stage in the journey.

Definitely a "concept" album (cough...) but in perfect Porcupine Tree style, there's some very clever weaving on display here with lots of musical references to previous PT songs and shed loads of cheeky hidden reminder riffs… Read more

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