Saturday, 28 April 2018
Aaron Clift Experiment. The - If All Goes Wrong (2018)
The third album from this US band.
The Aaron Clift Experiment is a trio with a lineup of guitars, bass, upright bass, keyboards, drums, percussion and vocals.
The band had help from numerous guest musicians who provided viola, violin, guitars, piano and mellotron.
I have had the pleasure of reviewing their two previous albums and you can find these reviews here and here.
Those two albums was good albums in the vein of Americana, US symphonic prog and English folk rock. That is a combination of genres not many bands does.
After I finished those reviews and published them, I had another listen to these albums and found a lot of similarities to the English band Wally. So when this album, If All Goes Wrong, arrived in my in-tray, that was indeed something I was going to check out.
If All Goes Wrong is a fifty minutes long album and it has indeed a lot of Wally references. The music is not particular heavy. It has this brashness you find everywhere in the USA. That is a good thing.
The band has continued down the small path laid out on their debut album. A small path they continued walking down on their second album too. Both this band and this album is unashamed born in the USA. There is a small subtle change to this album though. Some pretty strong English neo-prog influences had found their way onto this album.
That has in fact added value to this album. An album which starts a bit slow with some good melodies and stuff before the album become a lot better on the final half. In particular on the epic eight minutes long Dream Within A Dream.
The end result is an album which grows and grows until it has become a very good album. Check it out and enjoy it.