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THE GHOSTS OF PRIPYAT

Steve Rothery

 

Neo-Prog

3.87 | 186 ratings

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4 stars Ghosts of Pripyat, a release by perpetually underrated Marillion guitarist Steve Rothery, is a haunting, nuanced, and richly layered album of rock expressionism that more than checks off everything needed for a great instrumental album.

First, it showcases the performer's talent. Rothery is one of the best not because of up-front technical brilliance or dexterity, but because he understands what makes soulful music, and is masterful at expressing himself through his instrument. While I don't think there's the same level of soaring solo work that we heard on some of the best Marillion albums, Ghosts of Pripyat is a constant demonstration of Rothery's talent for crafting artistic songs and sounds through his guitar. Rothery uses perpetually changing dynamics, vibrato, effects, riffs, and solo work that will impress any one who enjoys the instrument, and certainly fans of his Marillion legacy.

Second, the songs on Ghosts of Pripyat are thoughtful, well crafted, diverse, and full of character. Each song tells a story or creates a particular feeling in the listener. Not being able to benefit from lyrics or a vocalist, this is no small feat, but Rothery and his supporting band do an outstanding job at giving one impressions or feelings to experience as they listen. Typically mellow and mature, these feelings shift between the uplifting to the desperate or lonely. Ghosts of Pripyat creates feelings of introspection or reflection on one's past, encouraging one to replay or imagine events with its songs as the score playing in the background. The songs work very well as background music, or when listened to and studied actively.

Finally, it's got class, and isn't just an excuse for the instrumentalists to show off. The compositions and performances throughout Ghosts of Pripyat are elegant and sensitive; never excessive or out of place.

Fans of Rothery will be very excited to experience Ghosts of Pripyat. Yes, there are some Marillion-like sounds here, which is to be expected, and really isn't a bad thing, but this album mostly shows us Rothery's skill at composing thoughtful instrumental work that slips between moods with grace and emotion.

Especially recommended if you're seeking something moody or instrumental.

Songwriting: 4 - Instrumental Performances: 4 - Lyrics/Vocals: NA - Style/Emotion/Replay: 4

Prog Leviathan | 4/5 |

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