Sunday 21 October 2018

Shineback - Dial (2018)

The second album from this British project.

Shineback is the Tinyfish/Valdez vocalist Simon Godfrey with friends.
The list of guest musician is long. It contains some of the more hard working musicians in the UK neo-prog rock scene. The lineup is guitars, bass, drums and keyboards.

I am pretty lukewarm to projects like this one. One man projects. They tend to lack both their own soul and identity.

And on the surface, this is also the case here. Pink Floyd meets neo-prog meets Porcupine Tree. The usual fare. Something that does not really makes my heart goes any faster. Or makes me motivated enough to really review albums like this. But in the name of serving the people, I still review these kinds of albums.

If scratching below the surface though, what comes clear is a treasure trove for those of us who likes good, even great guitar solos. Slow and soulful guitar solos.

There is a lot of good vocals here........ and slow, soulful guitar solos. Kind of David Gilmour'ish guitar solos.

There is a lot of them on this one hour and ten minutes long album. Lots of them !

And that makes this album something different than just another solo album with friends. It gives this album an identity.

The songs are good and the guitar solos really good. My pulse has gone up some notches and this is a project I will follow with interest if it continues. Check out this album.

3 points

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