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Title: Review of EIMA on www.prog-nose.org
Post by: catherine on June 24, 2009, 07:26:57 PM
sadly it's in Dutch with no English translation, but Google Translate had a go for me:

Jem Godfrey surprised two years ago with his album Million Town, a very unique but excellent piece musical influences from different genres, but surely also with a progressive edge. The criticisms of the album were very positive, some had some questions in the voice of Jem itself, the result is that the new album an extra vocalist / guitarist was recruited in the person of Declan Burke. Together with John Mitchell (Arens, It Bites, Kino), Andy Edwards (IQ) and John Jowitt (IQ) Jem has a fantastic line-up of experienced musicians, with solid compositions can not go wrong. And that is exactly what is geburd, "Experiments in Mass Appeal" is an unusual, original and at great album, filled with surprising musical twists. Maybe you can argue that the new album a little less progressive than its predecessor, the result is an album with lots of variety and innovation within the genre.

Jem Godfrey has clearly not for the easy option and dares to stabbing his neck, one would have expected that he still appreciated by critics recipe Million Town would repeat, but the first show of the title track prove the contrary. Guitars are more prominent than there used to be a bit at the expense of the keyboards, but that makes the compositions are no less rich. Often he uses soft, ambient piano intro parties, and sometimes a sound wall with a lot of guitar violence takes over the helm. In this sense, the music certainly points to Porcupine Tree and perhaps even more with Muse, the strong bass line, the driving guitars, drums and inventive keyboard riffs (Welcome to Nowhere, Pocket Sun) reach the same level as Bellamy and his . Also in the ballad genre is the group of very strong, the witness of this modest and minimalist Saline, beautiful by its simplicity.

One of the strongest songs is certainly Dear Dead Days, a new intro to Muse-ways with a lot of tempo changes, which Burke proves that he is the singer, the group is needed. But above all instrumental, this song also a gem with some wonderful guitar solos anything. Falling down seamlessly connect to and, together with the previous song may be a long epic. After You'll intimist and solid rocker Toys is the longest track on the album 'Wonderland'. After an ambient intro with piano and beautiful vocals (apparently a common thread throughout the album) is the time ripe for an epic, although after a short 6 minutes the song stops and then to proceed in an atmospheric end to chill-ways. A bit of a strange end to one of the best albums of 2008. Maybe not everyone will agree here, because some are required to listen this music to fully appreciate. But this is progressive rock of the 21st century, it now remains to be seen who wants it.

I hope that Jem has now recovered from stabbing his neck...
Title: Re: Review of EIMA on www.prog-nose.org
Post by: gr8gonzo on June 24, 2009, 07:51:09 PM
Geburd! Geburd!  Stab that neck, Jem!
Title: Re: Review of EIMA on www.prog-nose.org
Post by: catherine on June 24, 2009, 08:16:43 PM
I'd like to hear more details about Bellamy and his .
Title: Re: Review of EIMA on www.prog-nose.org
Post by: ChrisX on June 24, 2009, 09:13:09 PM
Quote from: "gr8gonzo"
Geburd! Geburd!  Stab that neck, Jem!

Wat's geburd?

http://http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rjER3EX948w
Title: Re: Review of EIMA on www.prog-nose.org
Post by: Pajter on June 24, 2009, 09:13:42 PM
I could properly translate it if somebody's interested. :P
Title: Re: Review of EIMA on www.prog-nose.org
Post by: gr8gonzo on June 24, 2009, 09:14:33 PM
"Jem has a fantastic line-up of experienced musicians, with solid compositions can not go wrong. And that is exactly what is geburd"
Title: Re: Review of EIMA on www.prog-nose.org
Post by: catherine on June 24, 2009, 10:02:07 PM
Quote from: "gr8gonzo"
"Jem has a fantastic line-up of experienced musicians, with solid compositions can not go wrong. And that is exactly what is geburd"

I think that says it all, really!  :D

Pajter, I'd love to read your take on this.
Title: Re: Review of EIMA on www.prog-nose.org
Post by: Pedro on June 24, 2009, 10:17:33 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sY_Yf4zz-yo (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sY_Yf4zz-yo)

 :D
Title: Re: Review of EIMA on www.prog-nose.org
Post by: catherine on June 24, 2009, 10:22:57 PM
Dutch, Pedro, not Swedish!  :D
Title: Re: Review of EIMA on www.prog-nose.org
Post by: Pedro on June 24, 2009, 10:30:19 PM
If you insist....I put "Dutch Chef" into YouTube :-

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ty_NwpBhrpI (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ty_NwpBhrpI)
Title: Re: Review of EIMA on www.prog-nose.org
Post by: sawtooth on June 24, 2009, 10:34:41 PM
I'd like to go to one of those 'ambient piano intro parties'.
You only live once.... :D
Title: Re: Review of EIMA on www.prog-nose.org
Post by: catherine on June 24, 2009, 10:36:49 PM
You want to be careful, Sawtooth - sometimes a sound wall with a lot of guitar violence  takes over the helm. I would imagine that could be very distressing at an ambient piano intro party.
Title: Re: Review of EIMA on www.prog-nose.org
Post by: catherine on June 24, 2009, 10:38:32 PM
I suppose the best possible outcome would be for it then to proceed in an atmospheric end to chill-ways, but nothing's guaranteed these days.
Title: Re: Review of EIMA on www.prog-nose.org
Post by: sawtooth on June 24, 2009, 10:40:31 PM
Quote from: "catherine"
I suppose the best possible outcome would be for it then to proceed in an atmospheric end to chill-ways, but nothing's guaranteed these days.

Beat me to it!!   :D  :D
Title: Re: Review of EIMA on www.prog-nose.org
Post by: Mouse on June 25, 2009, 02:12:16 AM
I love the sound of "guitar violence"!  :twisted:

Quote from: "Pedro"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sY_Yf4zz-yo

 :D

 :lol:
Title: Re: Review of EIMA on www.prog-nose.org
Post by: Pajter on June 25, 2009, 10:38:23 AM
Quote from: "catherine"
Pajter, I'd love to read your take on this.

Here's my quick and dirty translation.

Quote
Two years ago, Jem Godfrey surprised everybody with his album Milliontown: a very unique but excellent album, with influences from different genres, but still with a very progressive edge. The album received positive criticism, although some people had doubts about Jem's voice. The result is that Jem hired an extra singer/guitarist for the new album: Declan Burke. Together with John Mitchell, Andy Edwards and John Jowitt, Jem now has a fantastic line-up of experienced musicians, and with descent compositions this can't go wrong. And that is exactly what's geburd (happened) with EIMA. An unusual, original and at the same time fantastic album, with surprising musical twists. You might say that the new album is a tad less progressive than his predecessor, but the result is an album with lots of variation and progression within the genre.

Jem Godfrey clearly did not choose the easy way out with this, and is willing to stick his neck out. You would expect him to repeat the critically acclaimed recipe of Milliontown, but the first few notes of the title track prove otherwise. Guitars are more prominent than before - a little bit at the expense of the keyboards - but that doesn't make the compositions less rich. Often Jem will use soft and ambient piano parts for the intro, only to follow it with a wall of sound using a lot of guitar-violence. In a sense, the music definitely has it's similarities with Porcupine Tree, and maybe even more with Muse. The strong bass lines, as well as the driving guitars, the inventive drums, and the keyboards riffs (Welcome to Nowhere, Pocket Sun) reach the same level as Bellamy and his mates/band/fellow musicians/biscuits.

One of the strongest songs is definitely Dear Dead Days. Again a Muse-like intro, with a whole lot of tempo changes, where Burke proves that he's the singer the group definitely needs. Especially instrumentally this song is a gem, with a number of brilliant guitar solo's on top. Falling Down follows this perfectly and could create a long epic with the previous song. After the intimate You/I and the heavy rocker Toys, begins the longest track on the album: Wonderland. After an ambient intro with piano and beautiful singing (apparent throughout the whole album) begins the epic, although that abruptly stops after a mere 6 minutes, just to be followed by a very atmospheric ending. A bit of a strange way to end one of 2008's best albums. Maybe not everybody will agree with this, because you'll need to listen to this album multiple times, to appreciate it to the fullest. However, this is definitely 21st century prog rock, now we just wait and see who's up for that.

Had to paraphrase some stuff, because it was easier that way, and I have to go to work now. :P
Title: Re: Review of EIMA on www.prog-nose.org
Post by: catherine on June 25, 2009, 10:45:37 AM
Nice work, Pajter - thanks!

(and I'm glad that we've got "intimist" cleared up - that was worrying me a bit earlier. A special sort of deodorant, perhaps? But what was Jem doing using it on the CD?)
Title: Re: Review of EIMA on www.prog-nose.org
Post by: Mouse on June 25, 2009, 02:19:05 PM
Nice work Pajter! Good to see the guitar violence staying around.  8-)
Title: Re: Review of EIMA on www.prog-nose.org
Post by: gr8gonzo on June 25, 2009, 02:48:21 PM
Where'd I put my guitar-through-the-neck gag prop?
Title: Re: Review of EIMA on www.prog-nose.org
Post by: leelustig on June 26, 2009, 06:25:00 AM
I thought it was a pretty good review, I mean kinda vague. But how much justice can 1 review do anyway?

My review of the album can be summed up into 1 word: BANGIN'.  ;)
Title: Re: Review of EIMA on www.prog-nose.org
Post by: leelustig on June 26, 2009, 11:16:11 PM
:?: not sure I understand  :?:
Title: Re: Review of EIMA on www.prog-nose.org
Post by: gr8gonzo on June 27, 2009, 01:20:34 AM
"Bangin'" was the title of The Outfield's 2nd album.  You might not have been born yet.
Title: Re: Review of EIMA on www.prog-nose.org
Post by: leelustig on June 27, 2009, 11:51:16 PM
Doubt I was. Not to mention my prog knowledge is not as vast as a Frostie's should be. I just cant find time for all the prog out there.

I dont even know if Outfield's prog, just assuming they are.  :mrgreen:
Title: Re: Review of EIMA on www.prog-nose.org
Post by: gr8gonzo on June 29, 2009, 03:41:46 PM
Ummm.... no.
Title: Re: Review of EIMA on www.prog-nose.org
Post by: Mouse on June 29, 2009, 04:36:50 PM
Guess I'll never know - that video can't be viewed in my country.  :P
Title: Re: Review of EIMA on www.prog-nose.org
Post by: Mouse on June 29, 2009, 05:14:44 PM
Cheers Epo! No, definitely not Prog... The lead singer sounds a bit like Sting, and I love the keyboard player who's obviously not cool enough to play a major part in the video.  :lol:
Title: Re: Review of EIMA on www.prog-nose.org
Post by: gr8gonzo on June 29, 2009, 05:26:25 PM
I think you can cut Reg Webb a little slack, though.  Not too many blind keyboardists out there.
Title: Re: Review of EIMA on www.prog-nose.org
Post by: leelustig on June 30, 2009, 02:01:06 AM
yeah see ive literally never even heard of them....

...this video's weird