Saturday 24 August 2019
This Winter Machine - A Tower of Clocks (2019)
The second album from this British band.
The band is a sextet with a lineup of guitars, keyboards, percussion, drums, bass and vocals.
This album is the followup to the 2016 album The Man Who Never Was. A good album which I reviewed in # 1 of this blog two and a half years ago.
The band, whose average age must be at least 45 years old (no boyband here !) is operating in the neo-prog area.
That said, they have moved a lot closer to pop and rock on this album. Too close in my opinion.
There are even some teenybopper pop in their music this time around.
The music is still based on keyboards and guitars as the melody driven instruments. That and some youth sounding vocals. The music is also pretty heavy without venturing into progressive metal.
There are also a couple of ballads here. Ballads of a dubious quality.
The music is pretty good though... but there is not much neo-prog and prog rock here. There is not much food for my brain here.
Hence, it is an album that leaves me pretty cold. It is still an album between decent and good. I hope they move more towards good song-writing and progressive rock next time around.