Their style is tight and distinct, and their execution of songs is clear and skillful. It kicks in at a minute as contrasts continue. I know that they have been through some line-up changes over the years, but as I am treating these as basically a new band I can't comment on what impact that may have had on their overall sound, all I know is that I like this. In reality, this is almost an unknown group. The second track 'For Bumble' is a song that oscillates between calm and vigorous parts. Although I was aware of Also Eden and had heard quite a few tracks from their albums, this was the first time that I was fortunate enough to be able to listen to a complete album from start to finish.
I hate conspiracy theory, but what it is - it is: for a last few years most prog bands silently agreed to suck all my money out. The sounds of accordion make this song quite unique especially when it's blended with guitar solo. This is probably, in my humble opinion, the best track on the album. The guitar player from previous record choose to leave, and his replacement brought with him a new musical philosophy, the album being a little more simple in arrangements but yet accesible and good. Not only does it feature some of the best vocal work on the album, the piano and additional keyboard work are lushly orchestrated. But I believe this happens by accident.
A beat after a minute then it turns fuller. It's not like many others in Prog who tend to try and sing like Gabriel or Fish. It's a song more in the vein of 'Between The Lines' with a sound more in the rock style. Sheer fun from start to end, here is a band I need to hear more of. The fourth track 'The Enemy Within' is a song with a piano opening that reminds me the beginning of an Anglagard's song, that fantastic Swedish progressive symphonic rock band of the 90's. In fact i fell in love with the album several spins before reading about the story behind it. The piano becomes prominant before 4 minutes.
I bought 'About Time' some years ago and I became very excited with the quality of this album, when I listened to it for the first time. Sheriff's singles received a large amount of airplay and reached the No. Posted Wednesday, May 21, 2014 Review 1177703 I took the plunge with Also Eden, titillated as I was by a few reviews from some cherished colleagues, a leap of faith often rewarded with jubilation and excitement. The sound is akin to some of the 80's progressive bands and Abel Ganz, in particular, come to my mind, while there are some traces of the early Marillion, towards the end. The nice combination of Lloyd-Jones' brilliant voice surrounded by rich and harmonic music soundscapes is again Also Eden's highlight, giving the band a much- needed exposure among the modern Neo Prog bands. Harding really gives a worthy vocal performance, letting his soul inhabit the lyrics.
I really love the flow of the music in a straight rocker style especially on vocal line as well as guitar sounds. The third track 'Pandora' is the smallest and calm song on the album, and probably, is the less spectacular, but it still is a very good track. The track has a spectacular final where again the influence of Genesis, in the Gabriel's era, is present. I have often thought that some progheads look down on the 'neo-prog' genre, and some of the bands themselves hate being called that, but to me this album epitomizes all of the best from the Nineties when I and many others but not enough, let's be honest traipsed around from Walthamstow to Whitchurch and all points in between as we tried to support the progressive underground. However, on their homepage the band mentions a lot of influences, most importantly Spock's Beard, Dream Theater and The Beatles. Field Of Names 4:52 2.
This is really a great track. Many of those bands are practically unknown for almost all of us, which is also this case. Although those starved for song suites and half-hour flute solos will stay hungry here, the songwriting manages to find a fairly comfortable balance between more conventional 'rock' songwriting, and more left-of-centre arrangements. Posted Tuesday, November 10, 2009 Review 249529 This is another project that vocalist Philip Griffiths is involved with. None of the tracks are weak but the rest have too many ersatz qualities to captivate me with regularity, and their instrumental breaks quite outshine the vocal parts, notwithstanding Griffiths' imposing pipes. Mark was replaced by Steve Byrne for these gigs and a more stable line-up was established later with Steve Dunn on bass and Tim Colemann on drums.
No one wanted to hear it anymore. This change of style is something that makes this music is categorized as progressive. Their music is very promising I mean that you expect something well known to be hooked on and something new to be satisfied - something that they offer in fair percentage here. So, the last thing I can say is that 'About Time' is a fantastic debut album, and Also Eden is a band that deserves much more attention that it has had, until now. Here are aswell funk moments, some jazz elements thrown in , and the variety of the pieces is all over. Unfortunately, this is a very common situation with many other progressive rock bands. This is progressive rock that brings a smile to the face of the listener and the desire to get up and move, as they remember that the second word of the genre is indeed 'rock', something that often gets overlooked.
A low-tempo ballad-like piece, delivered mostly on piano and acoustic guitars with a surprising string section towards the end. I could single out a song or two but the album functions as a whole and should be heard that way. Rich Harding's classicist prog vocals sail cleanly about a spacious pillow of sound, buffeted by layers of guitars and keys. The music interlude which starts with stunning guitar solo followed by accordion solo is truly unique and I can mention any influence of other bands down here. This one boasts an amazingly clear, dynamic production and a professionalism that immediately impresses the listener. Of course, it's not exactly the same. But every one of these songs have something weird and interesting inside, saxophone you'll understand if you listen it in surprising song Fake the Right, or accordion in Your Other Way it has to be good old acco, what else.