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  • Audio CD (28 April 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Esoteric Antenna
  • ASIN: B00INZDHSQ
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
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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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This album draws me back for repeated listens more than any other I have heard in 2014. Nick Magnus was the keyboard player on a number of Steve Hackett albums including two of his finest releases, Spectral Mornings and Defector. The main vocalist on those two albums was Pete Hicks. When I read that this album re-united Nick, Pete and Steve I was intrigued. Having now heard n'monix may times, I would go as far to say that it is at a similar level to Spectral Mornings and Defector. In other words, it is brilliant.

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.
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It is hard to envisage a better Prog album this year and quite frankly this stands pretty high in the list of awesomeness.

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.
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This is a fine piece of work from a keyboard player and composer who has been criminally ignored by the masses for decades. That the music is good would be a fine thing, but Dick Foster's lyrics are sublime and on two tracks we hear Steve Hackett playing as well as he has for years. Of course Nick's time as a vital part of the Steve Hackett band is what most of us remember, but that was only a part of this man's resumé.
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.
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Great songs, expertly performed. Like Steve Hackett, Nick Magnus and friends embrace a variety of musical styles, some suggesting Genesis as they might have become and others quality film music of the type you might expect from Howard Shore in the Lord of the Rings trilogy. The ethereal, wordless vocals on 'Memories' is a prime example of this. Overall, an excellent recording, only disappointment being its playing time of 46 minutes; more would have been much better, but ultimately, quality wins over quantity.
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First heard a track off this on Radio 6. Minding my own business when it's musical claws got into my head and wouldn't let go. Great prog, great tunes, great riffs, top playing. I keep playing the damn thing.
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I am a long time proggie and still fondly recall a guy called Steve Backman playing me Foxtrot (not long after its release) in his parents place in Brunei when I was 15 and my musical world turning upside down. And its been proggie every since although we struggled at times to source the music before the 2nd wave came along.

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.
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