Newish to me. I got here through drummer Gavin Harrison who I consider to be one of, if not THE, best contemporary drummers about. His performances with King Crimson and Porcupine Tree are epic. His creativity stands head and shoulder above his peers at the moment.
But this isn’t King Crimson, it isn’t Porcupine Tree and it certainly isn’t a drummer’s album.
It’s a collection of strong pop/rock songs with a very strong rhythmic backbone.
It also features John Helliwell from Supertramp and Geoffrey Richardson from Caravan. And yes, there is some Prog connection. In fact, it is what I would call accessible Prog.
This didn’t cause me to shit myself spontaneously*, so that was all win. I’m ashamed to admit I like the production and particularly the space/sparseness of the songs. On the other hand, the drummer is talented but impossibly annoying. There are frills and unnecessary frippery behind and in front of the beat at every opportunity. Oh, and could someone take the lead vocalist’s adenoids out, preferably through his arse if he wrote the lyrics.
On the whole: 2.5/5 or infinity/5 on the Guilt Machine scoring system.
*After 30 minutes though! Thought I might implode…
Surprisingly, given Terry’s previous nominations, I don’t actually hate this. The drumming is interesting without getting to the point of self-indulgent noodly bollocks, which is a surprisingly difficult line to tread it would appear. Definitely going to get played again.