It's like a long song sub-divided in shorter ones that share common themes and elements that provide the whole work with unity and equilibrium. The general mood of the music is dark, dark-purple like the cover or dark-blue but, better yet, as the title implies, grey, obscure, pessimistic.
I've just realized how un- optimistic Fates Warning's music has turned as of late, and this album is no exception. The songs are slow, heavy, the band never really goes in full-speed mode. The whole concept grows and grows till it becomes a fact, from a whisper it turns into an assertion. The overall gloomy atmosphere, the fog the music creates in our minds, has a lot of twists, there are a few catchy melodies, but most of them are just pragmatic, to-the-point themes that serve a purpose.
The usual instruments are joined by scarce keyboards that add to the dismal environment. There is a certain "alternatuve, grungy" vibe going on at times, but never too present. The musicians are fantastic. Jim Matheos is a skilled song writer and more so a guitarist, his riffs very original and distinguishable from other ax-men's. There's not too much soloing in the album but enough to satisfy the hunger for at least some virtuosity.
Joey Vera gives us a good performance in bass, always keeping it on time and precise. Mark Zonder, the drummer, one of the most underrated in the business; his hi-hat patterns are so unique, so HIS OWN; he never over-plays, never relies too much in double-bass or tom-toms; his work is the work of a clocksmith: accurate, on time, right where and when it's needed. Kevin Moore helps on keyboards, not shining but collaborating. Now a final word about my former "musical-foe" named Ray Alder.
I still don't like his style completely, I still think he could SING more and yell and scream less; but he doesn't annoy me anymore; I don't regard him as the most-awful singer on this side of the earth or the other one for that matter; and at times, even if not throughout the whole album, I actually find him GOOD.
This could've been a 5-star album with just a little more in the way of dynamics; it's just that through this album, is as if Fates Warning was a racer that never switches gear from 4th to 5th or 6th.
There's only one song when the band plays in a slightly fast tempo, and that's my only complaint. Other than that, almost a masterpiece.
Recommended for: Fans of Fates Warning; fans of Progressive-metal: fans of intelligent metal; rock fans that can bear precise, never extreme of grinding metal. This album is supposed to be one song broken down into 12 parts. I must say this doesn't feel like one song as there are breaks between songs at times and it just doesn't flow well at times either.
It opens with a guitar being strummed once as you hear the rain fall. Vocals come in. Part II is atmospheric with processed vocals and it has an industrial, mechanical feel to it. The drumming from Zonder is great! Nice bass as well. This is a heavy passage. Zonder shines again on Part IV, the sound is fantastic on this one. Part V has a good piano melody followed by some complex guitars and drums. Synths follow and the sound is great! Part VI is my favourite section.
A guitar melody rises slowly and builds out of the soundscape. The vocals come in as only bass remains. It gets heavy 4 minutes in and the long slow guitar solo is incredible. Part VII opens with some great keys from Moore. Heavy drums and guitar come in as well as rough vocals from Adler. Part VIII has some beautiful piano melodies.
Part IX is a gorgeous song with acoustic guitar and fragile vocals. A tasteful guitar solo 3 minutes in. Part X is industrial sounding.
Part XI is an uptempo rocker and it's great! Part XII is dark, heavy and atmospheric. The song ends as it started with rain falling before you hear an alarm go off. I really like this album but I feel that it doesn't measure up to "Perfect Symmetry". Both are progressive and complex but "Perfect Symmetry" is more metal. To start with, the band's playing is not nearly as exceptional as it is hyped to be.
I found the band's non-metal moments to be there most interesting, unfortunetly they are few and far between. At his best, he sounds like an '80's hair-metal frontman, but he is more often than not groaning out uncreative, monotonous passages with zero range or charisma. The band would be much better off as an instrumental act, and even then only if they upped the ante with more inspired songwriting and playing. Listen before you buy, and even then buy any of the many many many more excellant prog-metal albums out there before getting this one!
Around this time Tarney also joined the Shadows and was a member from to In , Tarney began the biggest period of his career when he wrote and arranged the Cliff Richard No. Tarney went on to bigger success in the mids when he teamed up with Norwegian pop band A-ha. Producing the second version after Tony Mansfield of their first single " Take On Me " , the song went on to become a worldwide hit.
The Richard version however, contained different lyrics and was titled Young Love. He returned again to write and produce for the Cliff Richard albums Always Guaranteed and Stronger Tarney lives in Richmond, London. He has a daughter, Mia, a professional artist painter; and a son, Oliver, who works in the film industry.
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Notify me of new comments via email. A Holly Dolly Christmas [t]. Dolly Parton's Coat of Many Colors [u]. Real Love. My Favorite Songwriter, Porter Wagoner. A Holly Dolly Christmas [v].
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Fillmore Bennett Joseph P. Dolly Parton with special guest David Foster. Eyes That See in the Dark. Craig Wiseman Betsy Ulmer. By the standards of that time, it must have seemed like Jet had it all. Rex band John's Children. Their producer was Roy Thomas Baker of Queen fame, they were looked after by Gary Glitter 's manager, and they were outfitted by Elton John 's clothing designer. Still, Jet only managed to release one album, but this two-disc package reissues that record along with the collection Even More Light Than Shade , which contains live cuts, demos, and unreleased studio tracks.
It's the first time these rarities have ever been paired with the band's proper album, thus making for the ultimate Jet offering. Looking back on what might have been, it's tantalizing to imagine Jet taking the world by storm and continuing their career.
Their debut is a charmingly eccentric piece of work that could only have come from this place and time, but stands shoulder to shoulder with the recordings of Jet 's better-known peers. Singer Andy Ellison 's delivery was arch and mannered, as befits the milieu -- imagine David Bowie imitating Sparks ' Russell Mael , with wry lyrics to match.
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