Top critical review
Could have been so much better
on 12 February 2013
There are hints of brilliance on this album, but also aspects that really let it down.
The female vocal is utterly dire, pointless and detracts from the opening track.
Some songs start, looking like they are going to build on a theme, only to flounder in repetition.
Peter Chivers did a super remix of Mississippi from the first album that knocks spots off the original.
I would have love to have seen a Steve Adey album with Mr Chivers as executive producer and multi-instrumentalist, as he would I suspect have , as he proved previously allowed Steve Adey`s voice to breathe.
I suppose that really is the problem.
This album promises much, but there is too much sonic sludge and pointless additions on it (lose some of the additional performers) for it to truly breathe.
It is also rather short, and in modern terms more of a minialbum.
Given how long we have waited for it, that looks like a man running out if ideas.
Do yourself a favour next time .
I would have love to have heard this whole album give the same fairy dust sprinkling as mississippi had previously.
it works better on vinyl than CD