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    The bass often has trouble standing out and...

    The bass often has trouble standing out and finding its space in metal, especially in bands that use 7 string guitars to play really low riffs. Not the best instrument to focus on when listening to...
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    I'm totally with you on all counts. I think it...

    I'm totally with you on all counts. I think it has to do with me being mostly a prog fan rather than a metal fan. Vector is too heavy and technical for my taste with not enough non metal sections to...
  3. A few Rikard moments on the album: - he plays...

    A few Rikard moments on the album:
    - he plays the keyboards on Theodora
    - the guitar solo in The Florentine
    - the first guitar solo in Voyager (after the keyboard solo)

    But it's true that there...
  4. You have to remember prog bands do videos on...

    You have to remember prog bands do videos on rather low budgets so they need a simple and cheap idea to make it stand out.
    Me, I rarely watch videos more than once so that the visuals don't get in...
  5. Yes it's mostly about enjoying the beauty of...

    Yes it's mostly about enjoying the beauty of life, I suspect the line about the cliffs of Dover was added to make it fit with the Grand Tour concept, where the song represents the excitement of the...
  6. Nick had a small lead on the Grimspound album and...

    Nick had a small lead on the Grimspound album and Rachel had a bona fide lead vocal on the same album.



    It's the new backing vocals I have a hard time adjusting to. Guess I'm used to David...
  7. I wasn't including myself in those hoping for a...

    I wasn't including myself in those hoping for a Genesis reunion, just to be clear
  8. He wasn't asked about it but the fact that...

    He wasn't asked about it but the fact that Genesis isn't mentioned when asked about his favourite memories or future plans shows what is on his mind today.
  9. He doesn't mention Genesis once. Pretty much says...

    He doesn't mention Genesis once. Pretty much says it all for those still hoping for a reunion.
  10. It's Nick. He also doubles David Longdon on...

    It's Nick.
    He also doubles David Longdon on backing vocals during the whole of The Florentine.
  11. Same experience here!

    Same experience here!
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    I usually avoid IQ binges because they just...

    I usually avoid IQ binges because they just highlight how similar their albums have been in the past 20 years. But taken one by one, they are all great.
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    None of those sections are in 9/8 though, as far...

    None of those sections are in 9/8 though, as far as I can recall. They are mostly synth or organ solos against a pounding rhythm. It's the same intent and mood but not pure imitation. The only...
  14. The first Improv is excellent and quite unlike...

    The first Improv is excellent and quite unlike anything off The Great Deceiver box. More pastoral and less powerful than what they would be doing in mid-1974. It makes it clear why Cross said he...
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    Isn't there also one in Further Away on Ever? I...

    Isn't there also one in Further Away on Ever? I need to revisit this one.
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    As much as I like them, one has to admit that...

    As much as I like them, one has to admit that they have pulled that trick a bit too often.
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    I don't think there's anything more officially...

    I don't think there's anything more officially than the fact that a new album is slated for the end of the year (continuing the trend of releasing an album on years ending with a 4 and a 9!)
    Unless...
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    Knowing BBT's tendency to plan things well in...

    Knowing BBT's tendency to plan things well in advance, I would bet they have a few other dates arranged around the Rosfest performance.
  19. So that's how it's going to be then? Whenever I...

    So that's how it's going to be then? Whenever I post something you're going to bully me because you decided we couldn't agree on anything?

    I never said Radiohead can't have made a concept album...
  20. Do they have this one up for downloading or is it...

    Do they have this one up for downloading or is it CD only?
  21. Have Radiohead ever done a concept album? If they...

    Have Radiohead ever done a concept album? If they did, the concept was so obscure no-one noticed.
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    What he said

    What he said
  23. I doubt it.

    I doubt it.
  24. Does anyone know if this series will be available...

    Does anyone know if this series will be available as downloadable books at one point?
  25. That would be PG3, but he took things even...

    That would be PG3, but he took things even further on PG4. Being all digital and heavily based on the Fairlight, the album sounds a bit cold to me. The only weak spot is Kiss of Life which tellingly...
  26. Big Big Train - New album Grand Tour announced May 17th

    https://www.loudersound.com/news/big-big-train-announce-new-album-grand-tour

    Not overwhelmed by the artwork and title, but we'll see how the music sounds.
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    The fade on Congo bothers me less because it...

    The fade on Congo bothers me less because it occurs on the second repetition of a section that has already been played in full once before the fade out. I never perceived this one as an anomaly.
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    I agree that fade outs are indeed pretty common...

    I agree that fade outs are indeed pretty common but what is particularly jarring on the title track is that it fades out just as Ray is hitting a peak on vocals. The live version is much better in...
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    He was involved on the first UPF album but not on...

    He was involved on the first UPF album but not on the second one to be released later this month. In fact Damanek came to be when Mark Trueack decided to stop his partnership with Manning and focus...
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    You are perfectly entitled to prefer his previous...

    You are perfectly entitled to prefer his previous albums as far as the music is concerned, however I find it difficult to argue with the fact that the musicians in Damanek are much better technically...
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    With Damanek, Manning has really taken things up...

    With Damanek, Manning has really taken things up a notch in terms of musicianship and production. Much like his good friend Andy Tillison did with The Tangent 15 years ago, Manning has finally found...
  32. Their set was shorter a few months ago because...

    Their set was shorter a few months ago because they shared the stage with Spock's Beard, so they played 75 minutes max. In Paris they played the first 4 tracks from your setlist, followed by...
  33. I guess Kaleidoscope is a very good album if you...

    I guess Kaleidoscope is a very good album if you manage not to compare it to the other TA albums.
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    My favorite PT album, period.

    My favorite PT album, period.
  35. I've had a similar experience: discovered SB in...

    I've had a similar experience: discovered SB in the late 90s, thought Snow was their peak though, but got burnt out on Neal by Testimony. So much so that I ignored all his solo stuff until The Grand...
  36. I don't know about the show as I will only get to...

    I don't know about the show as I will only get to see it late March but the Similitude album itself is more varied in styles than TGA, I think.
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    Thanks for mentioning this. I'm a long time NIN...

    Thanks for mentioning this.
    I'm a long time NIN fan and always thought his music had some progressiveness to it.
    Reznor has always included instrumentals on his albums and some of them go through...
  38. I guess it goes with the Morse formula. The...

    I guess it goes with the Morse formula. The overture is a way to introduce all the themes that will be reinstated throughout the epic or the concept album. It's a way to tie up the whole thing. I...
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    It seems people have mentioned an empty space in...

    It seems people have mentioned an empty space in The Movie Box. Mine has a CD sized jewel case for When In Rome which of course was left empty so the discs could be included.
  40. I'm surprised I don't see many people here...

    I'm surprised I don't see many people here reporting back on the new album. Maybe it's because there's so much to take in...
  41. 2007 would have been sans Neal as well. You might...

    2007 would have been sans Neal as well. You might have meant sans Nick ;)
  42. Having listed all the recurring themes of the...

    Having listed all the recurring themes of the album, I can tell you that every single melody of this song (verse, chorus, bridge, guitar solo, ending...) is repeated in one form or other, and usually...
  43. I think I spent enough time with the new album to...

    I think I spent enough time with the new album to post my first thoughts now.

    As suggested by a few of my posts, my first impression was quite negative, but I find I often have that with Morse...
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    Name a band that actually looked good in the mid...

    Name a band that actually looked good in the mid 80s. I can't think of any !
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    They were actually yelling LATE PAPER LATE PAPER...

    They were actually yelling LATE PAPER LATE PAPER but the repetition made it sound like Paperlate
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    That's the whole DT ethos right there ;)

    That's the whole DT ethos right there ;)
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    The three you mentioned are the best ones.

    The three you mentioned are the best ones.
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    I agree with all of the above. When I talked...

    I agree with all of the above. When I talked about dropping the Duke suite, I meant not keeping it as one side long piece on the album.
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    My understanding is that the main reason for...

    My understanding is that the main reason for dropping the Duke Suite was the fact that the other side would be overlooked in comparison. That didn't happen on Foxtrot but l don't think the "other...
  50. My take on it as well after 5 or 6 listens....

    My take on it as well after 5 or 6 listens. Thankfully the themes from Similitude are just quick nods and they don't expand on them again. This one's got a fair share of its own recurring themes,...
  51. OK. I knew my religious instruction was a little...

    OK. I knew my religious instruction was a little lost on me.
  52. I finally got that thanks to you guys. It didn't...

    I finally got that thanks to you guys. It didn't seem obvious to me at first. Is that expression invented by Neal or common in the US?
  53. Yet another set of controversial religious lyrics...

    Yet another set of controversial religious lyrics ;)
  54. I'm around the 5th listening as well. It's...

    I'm around the 5th listening as well. It's definitely a lot of music to take in. My first impression was not so good but I'm warming to it. I don't see it topping Similitude in my book, but I guess...
  55. Then I'm seeing religion in Neal's lyrics when I...

    Then I'm seeing religion in Neal's lyrics when I shouldn't. That's a first!
  56. All right maybe it's the holy ghost but it...

    All right maybe it's the holy ghost but it doesn't change my point :lol
  57. I don't have a problem with him singing about god...

    I don't have a problem with him singing about god per se, what irks me is more the exalted way he calls out to him at times, or the superlative way he refers to him (the prince of the power of the...
  58. Yes. And yet some of his albums click with me and...

    Yes. And yet some of his albums click with me and some less. It must be due to the particular combination of songs and sequencing. He's always using the same formula yet some if his melodies resonate...
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    Right. Although this is from May 1980 when Duke...

    Right.
    Although this is from May 1980 when Duke was just released so it's probably a theoretical idea, not referring specifically to Abacab. It certainly gives credence to the fact that they were...
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    It doesn't say anywhere that Abacab was intended...

    It doesn't say anywhere that Abacab was intended to be a double album (unless there's a quote from Phil in the Italian article that says so, but I don't understand Italian). What's being said is...
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