Mark’s Quick Review’s: Public Service Broadcasting’s – The Race for Space

Mark’s Quick Review’s: Public Service Broadcasting’s – The Race for Space

This album is a little bit techno a little bit prog and a whole lot of fun. All tracks include mission control or other such samples that surround the space programs of the soviet Union and the US.

I think ever since I heard Porcupine Tree’s Last Chance to Evacuate the Planet Before it is Recycled it has reignited my love for including samples of historic events. Something I only really seem to got in the past from Pink Floyd.

Now maybe you hear it too much but I always liked it any way. Especially on this album where the music is intertwined so well with the audio samples.

PREVIOUS BAND RATING:0 Stars (0 / 5)
ACCESSIBILITY:3.5 Stars (3.5 / 5)
HEAVINESS:1.5 Stars (1.5 / 5)
MELODIC:3.5 Stars (3.5 / 5)
ARTWORK & PACKAGING:3 Stars (3 / 5)
DRAMA:3.5 Stars (3.5 / 5)
OVERALL RATING:4 Stars (4 / 5)

 

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Key:
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PREVIOUS BAND RATING
0: Never heard of them or debut album.
1: Someone recommended. I give them another shot.
2: Some good moments in the past but never put together an album I really liked.
3: Some 4 or 5 star songs but albums can be hit or miss for me.
4: I like 80% of their songs and probably went to see them live.
5: I would, and probably have gone on a plane to see them live.

ACCESSIBILITY EXAMPLES
1: Weather Report
2: Zappa
3: Genesis – Selling England by the Pound,
4: Marillion – F.E.A.R
5: Kino – Picture

HEAVINESS EXAMPLES
1: IQ – Seventh House
2: Discipline – Unfold Like a Staircase
3: Porcupine Tree – In Abstentia, Shadow Gallery – Tyranny
4: Vanden Plas – Chirst 0, Dream Theater – Scenes From a Memory
5: Opeth – Black Water Park

MELODIC EXAMPLES:
1: Opeth – Black Water Park
2: Vanden Plas – Chirst 0, Dream Theater – Scenes From a Memory
3: Porcupine Tree – In Abstentia, Shadow Gallery – Tyranny
4: Discipline – Unfold Like a Staircase
5: IQ – Seventh House

OVERALL RATING:
1: Will Never listen to again and deleted under no circumstances should you buy this
2: Not my thing maybe one redeeming song.
3: I like parts of this and I would check them out if they were near me.
4: I would get in the car and road trip to see this album live
5: I would get on a plane to see this performed live

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Mark’s Quick Review’s:  Project Creations’s – Floating World

Mark’s Quick Review’s: Project Creations’s – Floating World

So quite honestly I found out about this album due to a little blurb on Classic Rock presents prog where it got a 3 star review.

I bought it because I like SciFi concept albums which this is. I was hoping for a Portuguese Ayreon and that is exactly what I got.

The imagery is great from the first notes of the opening track I can picture the engines going on line for the floating world right to the end of the album where like Scenes from a Memory ends with two amazing back to back climatic songs.

ALBUM HIGHLIGHTS: The Floating World, Cheops, Returning Home.

PREVIOUS BAND RATING:0 Stars (0 / 5)
ACCESSIBILITY:4.5 Stars (4.5 / 5)
HEAVINESS:2.5 Stars (2.5 / 5)
MELODIC:3.5 Stars (3.5 / 5)
ARTWORK & PACKAGING:5 Stars (5 / 5)
DRAMA:5 Stars (5 / 5)
OVERALL RATING:5 Stars (5 / 5)

 

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Key:
These ratings are just attributes and may not have correlation to the most important: OVERALL RATING

PREVIOUS BAND RATING
0: Never heard of them or debut album.
1: Someone recommended. I give them another shot.
2: Some good moments in the past but never put together an album I really liked.
3: Some 4 or 5 star songs but albums can be hit or miss for me.
4: I like 80% of their songs and probably went to see them live.
5: I would, and probably have gone on a plane to see them live.

ACCESSIBILITY EXAMPLES
1: Weather Report
2: Zappa
3: Genesis – Selling England by the Pound,
4: Marillion – F.E.A.R
5: Kino – Picture

HEAVINESS EXAMPLES
1: IQ – Seventh House
2: Discipline – Unfold Like a Staircase
3: Porcupine Tree – In Abstentia, Shadow Gallery – Tyranny
4: Vanden Plas – Chirst 0, Dream Theater – Scenes From a Memory
5: Opeth – Black Water Park

MELODIC EXAMPLES:
1: Opeth – Black Water Park
2: Vanden Plas – Chirst 0, Dream Theater – Scenes From a Memory
3: Porcupine Tree – In Abstentia, Shadow Gallery – Tyranny
4: Discipline – Unfold Like a Staircase
5: IQ – Seventh House

OVERALL RATING:
1: Will Never listen to again and deleted under no circumstances should you buy this
2: Not my thing maybe one redeeming song.
3: I like parts of this and I would check them out if they were near me.
4: I would get in the car and road trip to see this album live
5: I would get on a plane to see this performed live

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Mark’s Quick Review: Bent Knee – Land Animal

Mark’s Quick Review: Bent Knee – Land Animal

So we had the pleasure of seeing this band at RoSfest and two months ago at Schuba’s in chicago. To see them live with the college crowed at a small venue is really the best way to see them.

The albums could never capture the magic of their live show. Their lead singer Courtney is just flat out amazing full of timber and range. Their performances and albums are sewn together with the love of all six members.

I understand that maybe some people may not like a distinct voice as her’s but this album is really worth a few listens. Definitely a grower.

If at all possible check out this band live then buy this album.

PREVIOUS BAND RATING:4 Stars (4 / 5)
ACCESSIBILITY:2.5 Stars (2.5 / 5)
HEAVINESS:3 Stars (3 / 5)
MELODIC:3 Stars (3 / 5)
ARTWORK & PACKAGING:3 Stars (3 / 5)
DRAMA:4.5 Stars (4.5 / 5)
OVERALL RATING:4 Stars (4 / 5)

 

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Key:
These ratings are just attributes and may not have correlation to the most important: OVERALL RATING

PREVIOUS BAND RATING
0: Never heard of them or debut album.
1: Someone recommended. I give them another shot.
2: Some good moments in the past but never put together an album I really liked.
3: Some 4 or 5 star songs but albums can be hit or miss for me.
4: I like 80% of their songs and probably went to see them live.
5: I would, and probably have gone on a plane to see them live.

ACCESSIBILITY EXAMPLES
1: Weather Report
2: Zappa
3: Genesis – Selling England by the Pound,
4: Marillion – F.E.A.R
5: Kino – Picture

HEAVINESS EXAMPLES
1: IQ – Seventh House
2: Discipline – Unfold Like a Staircase
3: Porcupine Tree – In Abstentia, Shadow Gallery – Tyranny
4: Vanden Plas – Chirst 0, Dream Theater – Scenes From a Memory
5: Opeth – Black Water Park

MELODIC EXAMPLES:
1: Opeth – Black Water Park
2: Vanden Plas – Chirst 0, Dream Theater – Scenes From a Memory
3: Porcupine Tree – In Abstentia, Shadow Gallery – Tyranny
4: Discipline – Unfold Like a Staircase
5: IQ – Seventh House

OVERALL RATING:
1: Will Never listen to again and deleted under no circumstances should you buy this
2: Not my thing maybe one redeeming song.
3: I like parts of this and I would check them out if they were near me.
4: I would get in the car and road trip to see this album live
5: I would get on a plane to see this performed live

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Mark’s Quick Reviews: Von Hertzen Brothers – Approach

Mark’s Quick Reviews: Von Hertzen Brothers – Approach

So I first heard most of this album at RoSfest. That was in 2010 and I really loved their songs and their performances.

Their are some great harmonies, harmonies that seem to only be possible by siblings. Their sonic vocals combined with harder hitting rock are something I commonly look for in Progressive Rock.

I think this album has a few “misses” but on the whole this is an album that showed their potential

ALBUM HIGHLIGHTS: Disciple of the Sun, Endlessly

PREVIOUS BAND RATING:0 Stars (0 / 5)
ACCESSIBILITY:3.5 Stars (3.5 / 5)
HEAVINESS:3.5 Stars (3.5 / 5)
MELODIC:2.5 Stars (2.5 / 5)
ARTWORK & PACKAGING:3 Stars (3 / 5)
DRAMA:4 Stars (4 / 5)
OVERALL RATING:3 Stars (3 / 5)

 

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Key:
These ratings are just attributes and may not have correlation to the most important: OVERALL RATING

PREVIOUS BAND RATING
0: Never heard of them or debut album.
1: Someone recommended. I give them another shot.
2: Some good moments in the past but never put together an album I really liked.
3: Some 4 or 5 star songs but albums can be hit or miss for me.
4: I like 80% of their songs and probably went to see them live.
5: I would, and probably have gone on a plane to see them live.

ACCESSIBILITY EXAMPLES
1: Weather Report
2: Zappa
3: Genesis – Selling England by the Pound,
4: Marillion – F.E.A.R
5: Kino – Picture

HEAVINESS EXAMPLES
1: IQ – Seventh House
2: Discipline – Unfold Like a Staircase
3: Porcupine Tree – In Abstentia, Shadow Gallery – Tyranny
4: Vanden Plas – Chirst 0, Dream Theater – Scenes From a Memory
5: Opeth – Black Water Park

MELODIC EXAMPLES:
1: Opeth – Black Water Park
2: Vanden Plas – Chirst 0, Dream Theater – Scenes From a Memory
3: Porcupine Tree – In Abstentia, Shadow Gallery – Tyranny
4: Discipline – Unfold Like a Staircase
5: IQ – Seventh House

OVERALL RATING:
1: Will Never listen to again and deleted under no circumstances should you buy this
2: Not my thing maybe one redeeming song.
3: I like parts of this and I would check them out if they were near me.
4: I would get in the car and road trip to see this album live
5: I would get on a plane to see this performed live

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Mark’s Quick Review: Hadal Sherpa’s – Hadal Sherpa

Mark’s Quick Review: Hadal Sherpa’s – Hadal Sherpa

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Well here I am with another instrumental album that I typically do not go for. This album however is really excellent. The melodies in Nautilus Parts I and II are wonderful. The third track harkens back to the 60’s.
Ikaros has some wonderful changes.

This is one of the most accessible progressive instrumental albums out there. Nothing too difficult to wrap your ears around on first listen.

Composer Vesa Pasanen has really struck a cord with me and though I will probably not play this as much as it deserves. It does deserve to get a spin in your music player of choice.

ALBUM HIGHLIGHTS: Nautilus pt I & II, Ikaros, Heracleion

PREVIOUS BAND RATING:0 Stars (0 / 5)
ACCESSIBILITY:4 Stars (4 / 5)
HEAVINESS:1 Stars (1 / 5)
MELODIC:3 Stars (3 / 5)
ARTWORK & PACKAGING:2 Stars (2 / 5)
DRAMA:4 Stars (4 / 5)
OVERALL RATING:4 Stars (4 / 5)

 

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Key:
These ratings are just attributes and may not have correlation to the most important: OVERALL RATING

PREVIOUS BAND RATING
0: Never heard of them or debut album.
1: Someone recommended. I give them another shot.
2: Some good moments in the past but never put together an album I really liked.
3: Some 4 or 5 star songs but albums can be hit or miss for me.
4: I like 80% of their songs and probably went to see them live.
5: I would, and probably have gone on a plane to see them live.

ACCESSIBILITY EXAMPLES
1: Weather Report
2: Zappa
3: Genesis – Selling England by the Pound,
4: Marillion – F.E.A.R
5: Kino – Picture

HEAVINESS EXAMPLES
1: IQ – Seventh House
2: Discipline – Unfold Like a Staircase
3: Porcupine Tree – In Abstentia, Shadow Gallery – Tyranny
4: Vanden Plas – Chirst 0, Dream Theater – Scenes From a Memory
5: Opeth – Black Water Park

MELODIC EXAMPLES:
1: Opeth – Black Water Park
2: Vanden Plas – Chirst 0, Dream Theater – Scenes From a Memory
3: Porcupine Tree – In Abstentia, Shadow Gallery – Tyranny
4: Discipline – Unfold Like a Staircase
5: IQ – Seventh House

OVERALL RATING:
1: Will Never listen to again and deleted under no circumstances should you buy this
2: Not my thing maybe one redeeming song.
3: I like parts of this and I would check them out if they were near me.
4: I would get in the car and road trip to see this album live
5: I would get on a plane to see this performed live

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Mark’s Quick Review:  Toy Matinee’s – Toy Matinee

Mark’s Quick Review: Toy Matinee’s – Toy Matinee

So I probably should have made my first review this album. This is the whole reason I own progrock.com.
I heard last plane out on the Devon Bus in Chicago on some Rock station probably 97.9 the loop.
I didn’t know what it was I had to sing it to some poor guy at tower records at clark and belmont 1/2 mile south of Wrigley Field. He recognized it and I got the album. The whole album I loved from top to bottom.

Then later when I became a web developer in 1997 I would try every search engine that came out and search by Toy Matinee and never would I get any results back.

Then one day goto.com came out and suddenly 100 or so hits. Kevin Gilbert was gone, Thud a solo album came out and 1/2 of an album was made called Shaming of the True.

Fast forward to my next Job when I had bought the shaming album and a t-shirt. Well someone at work recognized the t-shirt and gave me Flower Kings Porcupine Tree and Spock’s Beard and the rest is history.

So back to the album again like the review before this one not really progressive but somehow it spoke to me. When I found out later that Shaming of the True was to be his The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway I should not have been surprised I guess.

The whole album has some amazing hooks in there and the lyrics are smart and poignant.

ALBUM HIGHLIGHTS: Last Plane Out, There Was a Little Boy, The Ballad of Jenny Ledge, Things She Said.

PREVIOUS BAND RATING:0 Stars (0 / 5)
ACCESSIBILITY:5 Stars (5 / 5)
HEAVINESS:1 Stars (1 / 5)
MELODIC:4 Stars (4 / 5)
ARTWORK & PACKAGING:3 Stars (3 / 5)
DRAMA:4 Stars (4 / 5)
OVERALL RATING:5 Stars (5 / 5)

 

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Key:
These ratings are just attributes and may not have correlation to the most important: OVERALL RATING

PREVIOUS BAND RATING
0: Never heard of them or debut album.
1: Someone recommended. I give them another shot.
2: Some good moments in the past but never put together an album I really liked.
3: Some 4 or 5 star songs but albums can be hit or miss for me.
4: I like 80% of their songs and probably went to see them live.
5: I would, and probably have gone on a plane to see them live.

ACCESSIBILITY EXAMPLES
1: Weather Report
2: Zappa
3: Genesis – Selling England by the Pound,
4: Marillion – F.E.A.R
5: Kino – Picture

HEAVINESS EXAMPLES
1: IQ – Seventh House
2: Discipline – Unfold Like a Staircase
3: Porcupine Tree – In Abstentia, Shadow Gallery – Tyranny
4: Vanden Plas – Chirst 0, Dream Theater – Scenes From a Memory
5: Opeth – Black Water Park

MELODIC EXAMPLES:
1: Opeth – Black Water Park
2: Vanden Plas – Chirst 0, Dream Theater – Scenes From a Memory
3: Porcupine Tree – In Abstentia, Shadow Gallery – Tyranny
4: Discipline – Unfold Like a Staircase
5: IQ – Seventh House

OVERALL RATING:
1: Will Never listen to again and deleted under no circumstances should you buy this
2: Not my thing maybe one redeeming song.
3: I like parts of this and I would check them out if they were near me.
4: I would get in the car and road trip to see this album live
5: I would get on a plane to see this performed live

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https://www.last.fm/user/mon40/library/artists

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