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THE PROPHET

P'cock

 

Progressive Electronic

2.44 | 7 ratings

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Matti
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2 stars The German electronica artist P'COCK originally came into my knowledge via the compilation CD "Dream Machine" by the Innovative Communication (-IC-) label founded by Klaus Schulze. The emotional vocal-ballad 'Toby' made a good impression on that CD, which actually was my introduction to the whole -IC- catalogue (featuring artists such as Software - its duo of Mergener and Weisser are also the producers of this album -, Mind Over Matter, Megabyte, Quiet Force, Peter Seiler, Leif Strand...) that I continued to explore in my early student years with great pleasure. Nowadays that field of music doesn't impress me so much anymore. One might say I grew out of it, to prefer listening to the massive Progressive Electronic works of e.g. Klaus Schulze instead.

Here's the label's advertisement text for P'Cock: "If you like early Genesis, Pink Floyd and Yes - this album is right up your alley. Not that you will get a cheap copy, far from it, but you'll get symphonic rock of the finest kind produced to blow your headphones apart." Extremely promising words, huh? Of course compared to the NewAgey, spacey electronica of -IC- in general this is some sort of "symphonic rock", but actually I prefer many other -IC- artists. This is a case of fall-in-between with a phoney taste. First off, its production is VERY eighties-sounding (oh, this is from 1980 already!), centred around the clinical synths. Kenethlevine puts it nicely: "[tracks] are waltzing robotically in each others' arms". Yeah, there's some kind of robotical lifelessness despite the effort of having an accessible rock drive.

'Fly Your Kite' is a good example of poppy vocal-orientation with poor vocals. Strange how much better they sound on the aforementioned sensitive 'Toby'. On some tracks the vocals are stupidly treated. The title track reminds a lot of certain ALAN PARSONS PROJECT instrumentals such as 'I Robot'. Good progressive music was very scarce in 1980 especially in the continent, so this is not without interest, but the end product is not as good as the goal must have been. Doesn't stand the test of time.

Matti | 2/5 |

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