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    Hey I like it!!
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    I think its good, but not great (yet). There is obviously plenty of talent where that came from. If they find a little more of an own face then can expect perhaps great things in the future. I am very curious what happens next.

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    Just found this interview with Ryan Stevenson: http://progressiverockcentral.com/20...ensation-zopp/

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    I ordered the CD on Bandcamp, so will hopefully listen to the album via the app today while working from home.

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    folks in the USA wanting physical copies: We should have them sometime next week.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve F. View Post
    folks in the USA wanting physical copies: We should have them sometime next week.
    Dang it. Wish I'd waited.

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    Dang it. Wish I'd waited.
    Me too! I never know what's going to be stocked domestically anymore, so I jump on what I like figuring the CDs will go OOP quickly. Oh well.

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    Got this yesterday and have spun it three times. Hold freakin' crap, I love it! Yeah, it hearkens to a lot of familiar territory, but man do they ever deliver some strong compositions here! A solid and engaging listen from start to finish. I couldn't ask for more. I'd rate this album among the progenitors of the style. A total winner for me!

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    I heard a track on Progrock.com yesterday. Caught my attention. I'm going to buy it now.
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    Fantastic album. Really enjoying this one.
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    Nice stuff and reminiscent of the golden age of Canterbury for sure! I'm in ...but still not at Wayside yet?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Buddhabreath View Post
    Nice stuff and reminiscent of the golden age of Canterbury for sure! I'm in ...but still not at Wayside yet?
    Came and went buddha-buddy. You must've missed it; it was here for about 15 days. Back in a few weeks.
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    definitely one of the early 2020 release for sure

    ordered via BC

    Quote Originally Posted by Kcrimso View Post
    I am not so excited about this one. It really does not bring much new to table and I don't like its sterile "home-studio" sound. Drummer is also too heavy-handed.
    The album ends much better than it starts, IMHO
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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve F. View Post
    Came and went buddha-buddy. You must've missed it; it was here for about 15 days. Back in a few weeks.
    ooops, late the party. Thanks for the info, maybe I'll hold off on my order for a little while then. Well nice that it's selling on some level anyway!
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    I am not so excited about this one. It really does not bring much new to table and I don't like its sterile "home-studio" sound. Drummer is also too heavy-handed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Plasmatopia View Post
    Fantastic album. Really enjoying this one.
    Yeah, it hasn't left my stack of CDs in rotation. Every time I play it, I hear something new and like it more. It's really quite taken me by surprise, I didn't expect to like it so much.

    Quote Originally Posted by Kcrimso View Post
    I am not so excited about this one. It really does not bring much new to table and I don't like its sterile "home-studio" sound. Drummer is also too heavy-handed.
    Well, to each their own. I haven't noticed either of these things. My focus has been on the infectious melodies and compositions that take really interesting twists and turns.

    I do see where you're coming from with "nothing new." That in and of itself has never been a big deal to me. I tend to like thing that are creative within certain defined bounds. To me, this sounds like a lost Canterbury album from the 70s, and it's not so much the "newness" but the "Canterburyness" of it that gets me jazzed. Also, since even "Canterbury" covers a pretty wide swath, Zopp just seems to hone in on those aspects of the sound that I like the best. For me, it does that "chops in service of great tunes/melodies" thing perfectly, without a lot of improv/wanking or the interference of too-precious vocals to distract from the meaty bits.

    Anyway, not everything is for everybody, but maybe my reasoning will help open if up for you a bit. If not, no biggie!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kcrimso View Post
    I am not so excited about this one. It really does not bring much new to table and I don't like its sterile "home-studio" sound. Drummer is also too heavy-handed.
    One of the things I like about it the pristine (aka sterile) sound.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sputnik View Post

    I do see where you're coming from with "nothing new." That in and of itself has never been a big deal to me. I tend to like thing that are creative within certain defined bounds. To me, this sounds like a lost Canterbury album from the 70s, and it's not so much the "newness" but the "Canterburyness" of it that gets me jazzed. Also, since even "Canterbury" covers a pretty wide swath, Zopp just seems to hone in on those aspects of the sound that I like the best. For me, it does that "chops in service of great tunes/melodies" thing perfectly, without a lot of improv/wanking or the interference of too-precious vocals to distract from the meaty bits.
    That's pretty much how I feel. And that's a great point about there not being a ton of wankery. I like that this is more on the stripped-down and composed side of things. The pristine recording fits that modus operandi quite well, IMO.
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    I am also in the camp of non-convinced listeners. The potential is clearly there, but the band does not handle the material in a cohere way, and seems to drift astray in developing their ideas. I listened once, 2, 3, 4 times and nothing sticks.

    Just my humble opinion. It is an ok first effort, and I wouldn't be surprised if they come with something far better in the future - there is potential.

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