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AUDIENCE [AKA: THE FIRST ALBUM]

Audience

 

Eclectic Prog

3.53 | 55 ratings

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UMUR
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4 stars This is one of the most pleasent surprises I´ve had all year, when it comes to prog rock. I never heard of Audience before and what a shame that was.

Audience is a british band playing a blues based prog rock variant ( very american sounding really). Don´t let the blues scare you away though, as this is much more diverse than that. The music is pretty normally radio rock structured so it´s not here you find prog tendencies. It´s more in the choice of moods and chord changes. The music is driven mainly by lead singer Howard Werth ( he has a very impressive voice. Very distinct) and the wind and brass player Keith Gemmell. In some of the songs ( River Boat Queen and Pleasant Convalescense) strings are the most dominant instrument. The three basic instruments bass, guitar and drums play really basic things, allthough the guitar does have it´s moments.

This is not your average day prog rock, so don´t expect too much technical or symphonic sounding playing from Audience. What you get though is a well playing band with a very diverse style within their concept of bluesy prog rock. If you listen to this album, please don´t discard of it before you have listened to the first four songs, then you´ll understand what this great band is capable of.

I´ll be looking forward to listening to the next two Audience albums, as I understand that they are the most praised ones from their discography. This one is a forgotten gem.

UMUR | 4/5 |

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