Thursday, 23 July 2020
Mabel Greer's Toyshop - The Secret (2017)
The second album from this British band.
The band is a quartet with a lineup of guitars, keyboards, bass, drums, percussion and vocals.
Peter Banks also appeared on this album before he passed on.
This is the pre-Yes band who decades later finds out that they would like to have their songs recorded and released too. Hence the debut album which I reviewed here, four years ago.
We more or less get the same here. A mix of vaudeville and folk hall pop, a bit crooning and some weird pomp pop.
The music is a bit the good old English holiday camps like (Butlins etc etc) at the worst.
There are some improvements though as some of the music is pretty prog rock like too.
The music is melodic and quite nice. There are a couple of cringe worthy songs here. There are also a couple of good songs here.
The vocals is pretty good too.
The music is perhaps too mellow and indeed it is. Nevertheless, this is a decent to good album which now has nothing to do with Yes whatsoever, but lives on on it's own.