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Esoteric Antenna is pleased to announce the release of the new studio album by NICK MAGNUS. Keyboard player in STEVE HACKETT’s band for five years, Nick was also a member of THE ENID and his skill as an arranger and writer graced legendary Hackett albums such as ‘Spectral Mornings’ and ‘Defector’. With his new album ‘n’monix’, Nick Magnus has been joined in the studio by STEVE HACKETT and vocalists PETE HICKS, TIM BOWNESS, KATE FABER, TONY PATTERSON and JAMES REEVES and lyricist DICK FOSTER to produce a collection of songs and music in the finest tradition of his past work with Steve Hackett. ‘n’monix’ is one of the outstanding Progressive Rock releases of 2014.
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The songwriting across the album is at a consistently high level and it is refreshing to hear a very talented keyboard player write and play parts which are for the service of the song. Indeed, everybody involved plays a similar tasteful role in what is a highly musical album. Of particular note is Rob Townsend's playing on Broken (which also features a beautiful vocal performance from Tim Bowness) and Steve Hackett's expressive guitar work on Shadowland.
Another feature of the album is the wonderful lyrics of Dick Foster which are both clever and poignant. Eminent Victorians, in particular, is a brilliant set of words, with the early parts of the song showcasing the big characters of the Victorian period before the song takes a darker turn in the later sections. Pete Hick's vocal on this track is beautiful and the refrain:
'But can Queen Victoria, so far from home
Eat cold apple pie on the hilltops of Rome'
has been rattling around in my head for weeks.
N'monix is highly recommended.
I was already aware of Nick through his work with the Blessed Steve Hackett (if you don't know him, please leave now). What I did not realise was just how good he was - more fool me. The CD as a whole is a masterclass of composition and songwriting - sometimes can get a bit wrapped up in the fiddly bits and grand posturing and forget to write a catchy tune. Not Nick, I refer you directly to track 5 - Eminent Victorians - Dick Foster's lyrics perfectly match the music hall music (if you know what I mean). It's a nice treatise on the dichotomy between popular Victorian Culture (as it is perceived today) and the rather harsher reality faced by the great unwashed *that's you & me folks). It's like a mini-history lesson set to a hummable tune. The funny thing is it plays like a 45rpm single yet is 7 minutes - perhaps its the corking guitar solo from Steve H. (this being one of three tracks he appears on). Check out the video, which is rather tasty, on YOU-know-where.
There is lots of nice word-play here , especially on "Kombat KId" - internal rhymes the lot. As for "Headcase" ... it makes me more cautious about old people from Texas ....but you'll have to discover that for yourself.
Nick obviously has a cracking little black book because not only does he call in Steve H. but also Tim Bowness from No-Man. Tim has a golden larynx and wraps those tonsils around a honeydew melody of "Broken" -track 6; again Mr H. provides the guitar. Special mention must go to Kate Faber whose soprano vocals are just fantastic.Read more ›
Nick's talent is absolutely undeniable in almost every aspect of the recording. My only regret is that it has taken me a year to discover this. There are several tracks on this CD that ought to be in a Top Ten of this genre from the past 2 decades.
If you are reading this review undecided, please, just take the plunge and buy the CD. You will not regret it.
And I think this is great, excluding all those prog stars associated with this CD, it stands alone as a wonderful piece of music. It has numerous influences including Hacket, mid-Genesis (and member relations including early Banks), Floyds Gilmour solo, etc.
This is a very colourful varied piece.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Have listened to some rubbish lately but this is brilliant . Listened on spotify and liked it so much downloaded it . Would recommend to anyone who likes prog rock.Published 6 months ago by dave easton (trigger)
For lovers of Steve Hackett, Steve Thorne and all other like minded neo-prog aficianados, this album does not disappoint, the more you play the better it gets, definitely one of my... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Colin Smith
This album is awesome... I love Nick Magnus's work, and this in my opinion, is the best album by Nick.. Whats it about? there's a clue in the title.Published 16 months ago by Jedi 64
A superb modern day Prog album!
Nick Magnus has delivered a beautifully constructed work, with help from special guests Steve Hackett, and former Hackett vocalist Pete Hicks,... Read more