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FROM IGNORANCE TO ECSTACY

Tracy Hitchings

 

Neo-Prog

3.46 | 13 ratings

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SouthSideoftheSky
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3 stars The original Caamora

Tracy Hitchings, the queen of Neo-Prog, is probably best known from her work with Quasar and Landmarq. What we have here is her solo album with words and music written by the great Clive Nolan. The band consists of Nolan on keyboards, Karl Groom (Shadowland and Threshold) on guitars, Ian Salmon (Arena) on bass and Dave Wagstaffe (Quasar and Landmarq) on drums.

Nolan's writing style is clearly recognizable both musically and lyrically, but the Prog aspect is rather relaxed here and mostly present only on a few of the songs. The majority of the music is more towards melodic, slightly bombastic, 80's sounding Rock. But there are also quite some similarities with the music of Shadowland (another Nolan/Groom project). The longest track of the album is called Caamora, which years later would become the name of a different one of Nolan's many musical projects.

In the longer songs, there is some room for a bit of instrumental work out and some twists and turns. Hitchings has a fantastic and dramatic voice, but she did a better job on Quasar's excellent Loreli album which is a personal favourite of mine and much better than this album, in my opinion.

From Ignorance To Ecstacy is enjoyable, but both Nolan and Hitchings have done much better, and much more progressive, works elsewhere.

SouthSideoftheSky | 3/5 |

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