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No progress on Part1.,
This review is from: English Electric Part 2 (Audio CD)
The 3 releases prior to EE (Different Machine, Underfall Yard & Far Skies Deep Time) were all positive ambitious steps forward and put BBT firmly on the map as one, if not THE, leading progressive band around at this time. The musical style was continuously developing and the song quality moving forward in major leaps, their peak being Underfall Yard.
EE Part 1 saw this progress stall in an attempt to recreate the UY model but resulted in a much weaker offering, at times too commercial, very easily forgotten and seemingly written in the overbearing shadow of UY. Sadly Part 2 has regressed even further. With the exception of the 1st track which does contain the BBT quality we have come to expect (although no great forward movement in style) in Part 2 I started to wonder how much of this I would expect to hear in a lift!
The music remains very rich in tone, instrumental mix, production, lyric, standard of playing, production, engineering et al, in fact everything is fantastic - except the quality, taken as a whole I am not sure that this can be considered as 'progressive' music, mainly as it no longer is progressing but instead seems to regressing into a continuous journey through the industrial countryside via commercial little ditties ready for the big documentary around the corner. Swan Hunter & Leopards (especially the latter) are poor compared to the groups musical history. Some Part 1 instrumentals have been re-hashed in Part 2 and again sound great but there are very few highlights to be found. So, are there any positives, well yes there are; most songs have a wonderful instrumental which almost (but not quite) saves the song and as an overall piece of music it is very good. The problem really is the very high bar that BBT have set themselves in the quality of songwritting which they are now struggling to match.
When these two CD's are consolidated later this year it would be a great idea to reduce to total running time to about 40 mins and create a 'Best of EE' which might just pass muster, but please bin the rest.
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Initial post: 12 Apr 2013 22:33:02 BDT
Ged Fazakerley says:
Brilliant review... exactly my feelings... I hope you arent swamped by people disagreeing because I hear EXACTLY what you hear. I loved this band (even loved EE1).
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