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    Prog Magazine's Top 20 For 2021

    1. The Anchoress The Art Of Losing
    2. Steven Wilson The Future Bites
    3. Big Big Train Common Ground
    4. Jane Weaver Flock
    5. Field Music Flat White Moon
    6. Isildurs Bane & Peter Hammill In Disequilibrium
    7. Mastodon Hushed And Grim
    8. Gojira Fortitude
    9. Leprous Aphelion
    10. Mogwai As The Love Continues
    11. Dream Theater A View From The Top Of The World
    12. Hedvig Mollestad Trio Ding Dong You're Dead
    13. Iron Maiden Senjutsu
    14. Frost* Day And Age
    15. Caravan It's None Of Your Business
    16. Transatlantic The Absolute Universe
    17. Sel Balamir Swell
    18. Between The Buried And Me Colors II
    19. Public Service Broadcasting Bright Magic
    20. Steve Hackett Under A Mediterranean Sky


    Very interesting list...
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    This just shows me how wide the gap is between, oh, I don't know...flashy magazine poll prog and what I listen to. I've bought a ton of stuff this year, but don't own a single release on that list, lol. The fact that Black Midi is not anywhere on there blows my mind, but what do I know? It is subjective, after all. I would call most of those releases, certainly the ones that I'm at least familiar with 'safe to pick, past reputation, bands signed to a label' prog...creative, wonderful bands though they may be.

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    Quote Originally Posted by boilk View Post
    This just shows me how wide the gap is between, oh, I don't know...flashy magazine poll prog and what I listen to. I've bought a ton of stuff this year, but don't own a single release on that list, lol. The fact that Black Midi is not anywhere on there blows my mind, but what do I know? It is subjective, after all. I would call most of those releases, certainly the ones that I'm at least familiar with 'safe to pick, past reputation, bands signed to a label' prog...creative, wonderful bands though they may be.

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    And very anglo-saxon oriented I found

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    Quote Originally Posted by boilk View Post
    This just shows me how wide the gap is between, oh, I don't know...flashy magazine poll prog and what I listen to. I've bought a ton of stuff this year, but don't own a single release on that list, lol. The fact that Black Midi is not anywhere on there blows my mind, but what do I know? It is subjective, after all. I would call most of those releases, certainly the ones that I'm at least familiar with 'safe to pick, past reputation, bands signed to a label' prog...creative, wonderful bands though they may be.

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    Some of the inclusions don't really fall into the "prog" category IMO anyway (whether symph or metal). Field Music? Art-rock/pop maybe, but what are they doing on the list with Transatlantic and Dream Theater?

    Field Music are great though, and deserve to be listened to.
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    Not necessarily disagreeing, but 'prog' is one of the genre links on Field Music's bandcamp page and the band are the one's who choose the tags.

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    Quote Originally Posted by boilk View Post
    Not necessarily disagreeing, but 'prog' is one of the genre links on Field Music's bandcamp page and the band are the one's who choose the tags.

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    Weird... I would have never categorized them that way, but they're free to choose how to describe themselves of course.

    They're more comparable to XTC and Kate Bush, IMO.
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    ^ Well, I've heard Kate Bush described as prog but I think art rock might be a better label. The two overlap a lot anyway especially if you feel that prog can be song oriented. Anyway, no, I'm not trying to start a what is prog debate. Lol.
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    Quote Originally Posted by miamiscot View Post
    Very interesting list...
    An embarrassing list IMO. But then I would say that I suppose.

    I guess they get some credit for not putting the Yes album in just because it's by Yes and it's an album, but even still there are a lot of records in that list that can only be there almost entirely because of who they were made by and not because of any prog (let alone actually progressive) content.
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    Pretty boring list. Or at least very far from my own taste.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kcrimso View Post
    Pretty boring list. Or at least very far from my own taste.
    Maybe I'm in the minority with this opinion but I strongly feel that prog metal should have its own list. And no, I am not anti-prog metal. I think fusion and post-rock should have their own lists too.
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    I count exactly 5 records I would list as prog. I suspect this may have more to do with who purchases advertising space.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dana5140 View Post
    I count exactly 5 records I would list as prog. I suspect this may have more to do with who purchases advertising space.
    Ooh, let's see if I can guess which ones you think are prog. I'll say Caravan, Transatlantic, Big Big Train, Frost* and Isildur's Bane/PH. How did I do?
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    The Future Bites? Really?

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    I am not a fan of this list. Very little there that is actually Prog but whatever...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mascodagama View Post
    I guess they get some credit for not putting the Yes album in just because it's by Yes and it's an album, but even still there are a lot of records in that list that can only be there almost entirely because of who they were made by
    I thought the exact same thing. I was almost impressed that they didn't feel obliged to slot that one in. Of course, they make up for it with numerous other choices...

    I'll just say this list shares zero in common with mine, although I do like some of the albums chosen.
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    I have and like the Hedvig Mollestad album, it will probably be in my top 10.
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    Ooh, let's see if I can guess which ones you think are prog. I'll say Caravan, Transatlantic, Big Big Train, Frost* and Isildur's Bane/PH. How did I do?
    60%. I include Steve Wilson and Steve Hackett, and remove Frost and Isuldur's Bane.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dana5140 View Post
    60%. I include Steve Wilson and Steve Hackett, and remove Frost and Isuldur's Bane.
    Interesting. Have you heard that Steve Hackett? It's very classical sounding and not really prog at all; just classical guitar with strings. Also, that SW is apparently not very prog and is supposed to be his most pop album to date. Anyway, I'm curious why you don't consider Frost* to be prog? Or IB for that matter.
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    Just curious. Is this the critics top 20 or the readers top 20?

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    I believe its the journalist staff.
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    90% of that list is dodgy prog to say the least!

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    Quote Originally Posted by NogbadTheBad View Post
    I have and like the Hedvig Mollestad album, it will probably be in my top 10.
    As Meat Loaf would say, 1 out of 20 ain't bad!

    And let's face it, if Meat Loaf had made an album this year it would probably be on this list.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SteveSly View Post
    Just curious. Is this the critics top 20 or the readers top 20?
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