This review is from: Skies Darken (Audio CD)
Like one of the other reviewers, I bought this after hearing a track on a Prog mag sampler. I have to admit that on the first couple of listens to the song in isolation ('The Hunting of Jonny Eue') I thought the music was superb but the lyrics were a bit silly. However, listened to within the context of the whole album (concept in style and all tracks segue-ing beautifully), the lyrics are absolutely fine.
In style and sound there's a definite feel of early Genesis. It's all very 'Trick of the Tail', but with hints of 'Fountain of Salmacis' thrown in for good measure. But I wouldn't get too hung up on these sorts of comparisons. To me 'Skies Darken' is a nod in Genesis' direction without being a carbon copy.
Musically this is a fine album with extremely good playing throughout. There's a real mix of styles and tempos, with motifs being repeated throughout and further developed as the tale unfolds. Lyrically, it's extremely interesting with various references to mythologies, nursery rhymes and fairy tales. I'd like to say I understand it all, but I'd be lying!
If you like well played, inventive melodic progressive rock, you should add this to your collection.