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Review by Mike 17 years ago <Permalink>
Can - Tago Mago 1971
8.7
Minimalistic Prog Krautrock
This is better than I expected. I didn't like Ege Bamyasi too much, and Future Days didn't thrill me. But on this double album they manage to offer a good mix of different styles. I really like the weird experimentations they make on the second half, but the first 4 tracks are also great ... good grooves and interesting improvisations. It's not really melodic, no memorable tunes, but that's not unusual in this style of music, which I'd describe as a mix of Space Rock and Psychedelic Experimental Music.
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Review by Mike 17 years ago <Permalink>
Noekk - The Grimalkin 2006
8.0
Symphonic Prog Post Metal
I am not yet sure what to make of this. Noekk is a band which consists of Black/Avant-Metal musicians, and the album sounds like a darker version of Empyrium, with a more progressive edge and quite heavy riffs - not metal though, and no growling. Instead we get opera-like vocals and a very retro sound - in fact I don't recall them using any modern instruments.

The problem is the substance. I really enjoyed listening to this album, but I also read a negative review about the album which essentially questioned the motivation of the artists. Maybe the reviewer was biased against the vocals - they're an acquired taste.
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Comment by Mike
Alanis Morissette - Jagged Little Pill 1995
9.0
Non-Prog Rock
If you're only going to buy one Alanis Morrissette album ... make it that one. Exceptional vocals and lyrics, a great band which plays flawlessly, and the compositions are even a bit experimental.
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Review by Mike 17 years ago <Permalink>
Museo Rosenbach - Zarathustra 1973
8.3
Italian Symphonic Prog Rock
Very nice! This is the second Italian prog rock album that I listened to - the first one was Le Orme - Felona e Sorona, and I much more prefer this one (although the other one will surely grow on me - it is more subtle).

I really like the power and energy in this music, musicianship is top notch, and it has great dynamics. To me it sounds like a combination of Camel and Anekdoten, very dark at times, even heavy.
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Comment by Mike
Blues Saraceno - Hairpick 1994
8.0
Instrumental Non-Prog Rock
Blues Saraceno is a strange kind of guitarist. He's a shredder, but although he actually rarely ever plays a Blues song, his style is really bluesy. So although this is a 100% shred album, it's not just something for guitarists. Very accessible at all times, but musicianship is top throughout.
Review by Mike 17 years ago <Permalink>
Arctic Monkeys - Who The Fuck Are The Arctic Monkeys? 2006, EP
6.5
Non-Prog Rock
There's a great hype surrounding the Arctic Monkeys ... apparently they got famous by distributing their songs for free on their website and later they got signed to a major label because of their popularity.

Well, the music is not THAT great. Alternative Rock with Punk influences, well done musically but nothing special either. If you're into acts like Frank Ferdinand or the Kaiser Chiefs you should check it out.
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Comment by Mike
Edenbridge - The Grand Design 2006
7.2
Non-Prog Metal
A decent album, but it seems a bit directionless. The vocals are outstanding, a strong and unique voice. But the symphonic parts seem a bit uninspired.
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Comment by Mike
Steve Vai - Alien Love Secrets 1995
9.5
Instrumental Prog-Related Rock
This is the perfect album to get into Vai. It's a perfect mix of very accessible music from the Blues/Rock domain, as well as some crazy stuff like the highly experimental Ya-Yo Gakk, or the extremely heavy Kill The Guy With The Ball. It covers many - but not nearly all - facets of Vai's style.
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Review by Mike 17 years ago <Permalink>
Steve Vai - Fire Garden 1996
8.8
Instrumental Non-Prog Rock
I like all Vai albums, but I think that this may be his most balanced output. The first half is purely instrumental (some "experiments" in the short tracks aside), and it's as close as Vai ever got to Satriani's style. But even here each song contains some weird parts that Satch would never do.

I prefer the second half though, and the ending of the first half with the brilliant Bangkok/Fire Garden Suite. The second half also features Vai on vocals on every track except the last one, and he does a really good job. He has a powerful voice with much variability, and songwriting is really great here. What's left to wish?
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Review by Mike 17 years ago <Permalink>
Tori Amos - Under the Pink 1994
8.9
Minimalistic Prog-Related Post Pop
My favorite Tori Amos album, although I have to admit that I lost track of her after Choirgirl Hotel. It is very calm, and half of the tracks are without drums or bass. All kinds of experimental elements are used - noisy guitars and instruments used out of context, for example on Bells for Her where Tori uses the piano to emulate bells. What I love most about this album are the odd melodies that Tori seems to write effortlessly, and the totally natural and symbiotic merging of her piano playing and the vocals.
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Review by Mike 17 years ago <Permalink>
Heaven's Cry - Primal Power Addiction 2002
9.3
Eclectic Technical Prog Metal/Rock
A masterpiece, everything falls into place. Complex structures, beautiful melodies, ever shifting moods and enticing lyrics. Consider yourself lucky if you know this album!
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Review by Mike 17 years ago <Permalink>
Frank Zappa - Zappa In New York 1976, Live
8.4
Avant-Garde Prog Rock
This double live album is a great mix of humor and musicianship. Especially Cruising for Burgers and the two versions of Black Page are very dense and demanding pieces, while Titties and Beer or Punky Whips are more comedy than music. I also really like the Illinois Enema Bandit, which is the most straight forward Zappa Blues song that I know.

A very good album to get to know Zappa!
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Comment by Mike
Canvas Solaris - Spatial / Design 2003, EP
8.0
Instrumental Technical Prog Metal
This is extremely inaccessible, technical metal. It reminds me of Power of Omens a lot, but with more consistency in the "songwriting". I put that in quotes because these aren't really songs in the original sense of the word, there are hardly any repeating structures.
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Comment by Mike
Rage - Speak of the Dead 2006
8.4
Orchestral Non-Prog Metal
Not bad at all. Rage are a very experienced band, and they manage to create a really good mix of classical music and power metal. Reminds me of Savatage a lot, or more precisely: Trans Siberian Orchestra, only more heavy.
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Review by Mike 17 years ago <Permalink>
Beyond Fear - Beyond Fear 2006
7.7
Retro Non-Prog Power Metal
This is a decent output by former Judas Priest vocalist Tim "Ripper" Owens ... it really sounds much like Judas Priest, not just because of the vocals, but also the songwriting and production. I enjoyed listening to the album, but I failed to see the point of making such an album. They will definitely be a cool band on stage though - maybe as a support act for Judas Priest? ;-)
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Comment by Mike
Jamiroquai - The Return Of The Space Cowboy 1994
9.0
Prog-Related Fusion
A real classic. Jamiroquai got more and more commercial on the albums which followed this one, but here he's very original, not at all commercial and funky as hell. An essential album for anyone even remotely interested in Funk.
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Comment by Mike
Jeff Beck - There And Back 1980
8.1
Instrumental Neo Prog-Related Jazz
Jazz-Fusion ... barely. The songs are not very complex, but the chord progressions are sufficiently advanced in many songs. The sound is very much early 80s, with a dose of disco thrown in, at least in the drum sound and funky bass. Not his best album, but surely a pleasant listen!
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Comment by Mike
Iron Maiden - The Number of the Beast 1982
8.6
Heavy Neo Prog-Related NWoBHM
I like this album just as much as Powerslave, but some tracks are a bit weak. On the other hand you have some really essential Maiden tracks.
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Iron Maiden - Powerslave 1984
9.0
Heavy Prog-Related Power Metal
This album brings back many childhood memories ... the wonderfully melodic twin guitar solos, the driving drums and bass, the powerful voice ... perfect.
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Zaar - Zaar 2006
8.3
Experimental Prog Rock
Wow, these guys have created a style of their own. Somewhere between King Crimson's later more abstract music (think Frakcture) and RIO/Avant-Prog, with instruments like Hurdy Gurdy, and quite some noise, yet never aimless and always working in a greater context.
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