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Thieves' Kitchen


Eclectic Prog

3.41 | 53 ratings

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3 stars First of all I will quote from dictionary explanation of the term Arogot, what means :

"ARGOT is dialect or term used by various groups?including, but not limited to, thieves and other criminals?to prevent outsiders from understanding their conversations. "

With this second album named Argot , the UK quintet Thieve's Kitchen hit the market in 2001. To tell the truth I know about this band for , I don't know for sure I guess 4-5 yesrs, and fully discovered them , only last year, when I got two CD of theirs, Argor and the next one. The band formed around the excellent drumer Mark Robotham from defunct Lady Grey Down, trying to sound diffrent then the former band, he succeded, or they succed less or more, IMO. While the music is quite complex, quirky in places, with lots of instrumental passages, to my ears this is not neo prog, eclectic fits very well. So a white ball for the drumer who is the main composer of Thieve's Kitchen, because he didn't wont to copy himself again in this band to what he done in Lady Grey Down, good thing. Second , the music is much more elaborated and got in places some even symphonic moments with lots of twists, melodic but also very hard to digest, at least for me. The music is something between Echolyn, Yes, Mostly Autumn. The vocalist for ex - Simon Boys - is an aquaring taste for me, it took me more then 5-6 listenings to get used with his voice, not bad , but to I don't how to explain to safe, to laid down in tone. The album has only 4 pieces, who can easely can be called epics, all of them above 13 min, with one over 20 min in lenghth, are all good, nothing really impressive if you ask me, but pleasent most of the time for sure, anyway I prefere Grey Lady Down's music much more. So I will give 3 stars for sure, another good example of complex and in same time good progressive music coming from UK, but I doubt it that with this album they will hit the buig time, it's only a matter of time maybe. Good but non essential to me.

b_olariu | 3/5 |


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