on 9 March 2014
These guys have several discs that are getting harder and harder to come by with each passing year.The Gabriel-era Genesis connections continue in a good way. If anyone wonders what Genesis might have sounded like after "The Lamb" with PG staying on , check out any of this band's discs.
That is the quality that is so great about The Watch. Although one can clearly hear the past influencing their work , it is modern enough to appreciate the true talents of this band.
I sure wish they would tour the United States. I for one would travel several hundred miles to witness them live.
on 26 October 2014
As other reviewers have stated, this is a band who have replicated the early Genesis sound, down to fine art.
Having listened to Ghost and Vacuum,two of their previous offerings, I consider the compositions on this record to be overall superior, and the opening track ATLAS, is a masterpiece.
You can gripe at the fact that the record in under 40 minutes in total, but fans of prog rock and early Genesis in paricular, will not be disappointed in the quality of musicianship on offer here.
on 11 May 2015
As others before me have stated, this band is clearly influenced by Gabriel-era Genesis; in fact they make no effort to deny it and on this album they even 'cover' the Genesis song 'Going Out To Get You, which never made it to the recording studio for an album (although it was included in the first 'Archive' set) but was a staple of the 'Trespass' era gigs and had eventually metamorphosed into 'The Knife'. The Watch have also toured entire Genesis albums, e.g. 'Foxtrot' in 2010 and 'The Lamb ..' in 2014. Shut your eyes and that could easily be PG on vocals and, just as interestingly, Tony Banks on mellotron. There are even snatches of melodies which are clearly Genesis moments although I'll be damned if I can place them right now as all I can hear is the great stuff on this album.
And it would have merited 5 stars but, as others have mentioned, it does clock in at under 38 minutes which, in this day and age, is a little disappointing, but it's definitely one to add to your prog collection.
on 19 October 2014
This is an excellent album , this band is extremely under-rated , with the quality of the musicianship the band deserve more success .
Any fan of early Genesis music would appreciate the qualities this band exude .
My advice is if you dont own any music by the Watch , this would be a worthwhile introduction along with ' Ghost ' , if after listening you are not converted to their brand of music i would be very surprised .
This band are worth seeing " live " , if you get the opportunity , take a chance and just go the ticket price wont break the bank and you WILL have a very enjoyable evening .