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5.0 out of 5 stars Prog masterpiece, 13 Feb. 2009
This review is from: The Difference Machine (Audio CD)
Imagine a lineup of Banks, Squire and Bruford with Howe and Hackett sharing lead, playing stuff from around the Yes Album / Nursery Cryme era. Add something approximating to Anderson (but more interesting) with guest spots from Wakeman and Mel Collins in his Camel days (the previous album was even more Camel-ish), then add a hint of Porcupine Tree / Radiohead and that's the sort of sound you can expect from this great album. I picked up on BBT after they appeared on some freebie sampler with a music mag. That one track aroused my interest and I wasn't disappointed when I invested in this recording. Every track is either a huge masterpiece or a short interlude type mini-masterpiece. Also and unusually, it gets better and better as the album progresses. The final two tracks are absolutely magnificent. I has permanent status at position CD1 in my car multi-changer and even my younger daughter (18) thinks it's "lovely" - praise indeed ! If you enjoyed the prog heydays of the 70's but have been a bit disappointed by more recent stuff by those bands or newer bands of that ilk, try this album - you'll not be disappointed. Five stars.
Charlie Bass
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Initial post: 13 May 2010 19:59:51 BDT
Im sorry I disagree why dont I get the vibe?? I love Camel Genesis old and new Yes Manfred manns earthband Led Zep Rush etc. Bought this cd listened so far 3 times and it just hasnt hit me.. Im almost afraid to say in parts I became bored and wanted the next track to start..this is not retro progressive rock its extended doodlings that are quite slow and lost

In reply to an earlier post on 5 May 2015 15:09:53 BDT
Last edited by the author on 15 May 2015 22:50:41 BDT
Huck Flynn says:
GG
it took me ages to get into Difference Machine - i was disappoined after Underfall Yard and the English Electrics. However i have been listening to it regularly of late and it has eventually blossomed. It is more akin to King crimson and Yes that their Genesis influenced work with the typical BBT englishness from strings and wind instruments. I can see some Camel likenesses but they're not particularly strong. I don't find it excessively "doodling" - there are lots of distinctive ideas and changes even in the longer tracks. Give it a bit longer or trade it in for Opeth's Pale Communion
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