Spock’s Beard: X

Artist / Title: Spocks’ Beard: X Month Reviewed: October 2010 Format: CD 10th studio album from this US band (I wonder how they came up with the album title?!) and quite possibly their best. Having said that, it took a good few spins to come to that conclusion. Featuring 5 …

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Magenta: Home

Artist / Title: Magenta: Home Month Reviewed: November 2006 Format: CD Buy: I have enjoyed previous Magenta albums very much, but this one really hits the nail on the head: great playing throughout (some superb guitar solos!) and fabulous vocals from Christina make this a must buy for any rock …

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Dream Theater: Train of Thought

Artist / Title: Dream Theater: Train of Thought Month Reviewed: December 2003 Format: CD Buy: On first hearing, I was very, very disappointed with this album. Sure, it is very heavy, lyrically and musically, but there seemed to be a complete lack of melody. However, spin it a few times …

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Spock’s Beard: Octane

Artist / Title: Spock’s Beard: Octane Month Reviewed: February 2005 Format: CD Buy: I have to say this is extremely impressive, though bound to disappoint fans of the bands previous prog output. This is a ROCK record, sometimes a very heavy rock record. However, the first 7 songs (A Flash …

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Dream Theater: Black Clouds and Silver Linings

Artist / Title: Dream Theater: Black Clouds and Silver Linings Month Reviewed: June 2009 Format: CD Buy: Let’s start by saying that this is quite possibly the best Dream Theater album yet! As you would expect, the instrumental prowess on display is extraordinary, but what saves it from being a …

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Suede: A New Morning

Artist / Title: Suede: A New Morning Month Reviewed: December 2002 Format: CD Buy: Suede are one of those bands you either ‘get’ or don’t! This is their 6th album (I think) and, although not their best, it is still rather good. Standout track is the mesmerising ‘Astral Girl’. Pure …

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Francis Dunnery: the Gulley Flats Boys

Artist / Title: Francis Dunnery: the Gulley Flats Boys Month Reviewed: April 2005 Format: CD Buy: This is Francis Dunnery’s new album, a double, no less; though in truth it would all fit on one CD! Regardless, this is Francis’s mid-life crisis album and is full of pretty downbeat, looking …

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Diagonal: Diagonal

Artist / Title: Diagonal: Diagonal Month Reviewed: September 2009 Format: CD Buy: I first heard of this band via a track on Classic Rock Prog Magazine. I loved it straight away and sought out the album. First things first, this is unashamedly retro, pulling in influences from Pink Floyd (early …

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Radiohead: Hail to the Thief

Artist / Title: Radiohead: Hail to the Thief Month Reviewed: July 2003 Format: CD Buy: Well, a new Radiohead album is upon us. Would it be all barking mad electronica or a return to guitar based rock? The answer is a little of both. In some respects this album is …

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Ben Folds: Songs for Silverman

Artist / Title: Ben Folds: Songs for Silverman Month Reviewed: May 2005 Format: CD Buy: As will be obvious by now, I am a huge Ben Folds fan and the man returns with his first new album since the classic Rockin’ the Suburbs. First listen to this CD is not …

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Ben Folds: Rockin the Suburbs

Artist / Title: Ben Folds: Rockin the Suburbs Month Reviewed: January 2002 Format: CD Buy: Apparently, Mr Folds has disbanded his three piece band ‘Ben Folds Five’ and gone solo! This is his first such release and is one of the best albums I have ever heard in any style …

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After Crying: Show

Artist / Title: After Crying: Show Month Reviewed: August 2003 Format: CD Buy: After Crying are a Hungarian band mixing progressive rock with jazz and orchestral themes. In fact, they are the best band I have ever heard at seamlessly combining these elements without sounding clumsy or forced. Show is …

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Dream Theater: Octavarium

Artist / Title: Dream Theater: Octavarium Month Reviewed: August 2005 Format: CD Buy: I will begin by saying that I think this is the bands best album to date! Yep, even better than Scenes From a Memory and Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence. Whether you like it heavy, complex, melodic, …

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Les Holroyd: Revolution Days

Artist / Title: Les Holroyd: Revolution Days Month Reviewed: May 2002 Format: CD Buy: This is, of course, billed as BJH featuring Les Holroyd! Regardless, this is still a solo effort from Les, accompanied by BJH drummer Mel Pritchard. Now, Les always wrote the more poppy/contemporary sounding numbers in the …

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Dream Theater: Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence

Artist / Title: Dream Theater: Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence Month Reviewed: February 2002 Format: CD Buy: So, just how do you follow the classic that is ‘Scenes From A Memory’? Well, it looks like you follow it up with a double CD! Yep, that’s right. A double. DT’s new …

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Kalevala: a Finnish Progressive Rock Epic

Artist / Title: Kalevala: a Finnish Progressive Rock Epic Month Reviewed: September 2003 Format: CD Buy: Famous among Progressive rock fans worldwide for being probably the classiest (and most complete) publication in this style, the Finnish magazine Colossus had the great idea to ask thirty (Yes, thirty !) bands of …

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Pendragon: Believe

Artist / Title: Pendragon: Believe Month Reviewed: September 2005 Format: CD Buy: This is an interesting album, as it sounds exactly like you would expect a Pendragon album to sound like, yet it also sounds nothing like a Pendragon album! Altogether, this is a good thing, as the band have …

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