Sunday 3 September 2017
Third Quadrant - Seeing Yourself As You Really Are (1982)
The debut album from this British band.
The band was a quartet with a lineup of bass, drums, guitars, keyboards and vocals.
Third Quadrant released some cassettes and in total two studio albums before they were disbanded after their 1988 album Layered.
Third Quadrant was among the first British neo-prog bands. But where Marillion, Arena, Pendragon and IQ got success, Third Quadrant were being ignored. That for reasons you will learn in this and other reviews of this album.
The music here is unmistaken neo-prog with a lot of Genesis influences. There is also a lot of Pink Floyd, the David Gilmour era, on this album.
The sound is not that good and is suffering from under-production. Their studio budget was probably only a tenth of what EMI gave Marillion. The vocals here is pretty bad, although it is OK for this album.
The music is keyboards based and the keyboards is the saving grace of this album. The guitars are a bit dubious. Ditto for the quality of music on this thirty-seven minutes long album.
This is a decent album but nothing more. It is for a very good reason this album and this band never became popular and as big as the likes of Marillion and their debut album.