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Hour Of The Shipwreck - One day this will be a Theme Park Review

by Morley Seaver

Taking the restless nature of the Gabriel-era Genesis and spiking it liberally with a dose of acid-drenched early Pink Floyd results in Hour of the Shipwreck. This atmospheric soundscape set of songs sounds like what Tom Waits would produce (music only --- not the vocals) if he went on a Bjork bender for several weeks.

There are only three songs on the record but they are all of the elongated variety. Given the wrong mood, some people would turn this off quickly but if you give it a chance when you're not looking for a quick fix, you will be richly rewarded. The songs are all interesting --- laid back but they take you places, sort of like the outgoing tide. The male vocals, especially combined with the female harmonies, are dreamy even when they're a bit more urgent. The percussion really stands out on this record. Though not complex or vast, it sets the tone for a good portion of the CD. Orchestra bells are used effectively in places as well.

It's really difficult to describe this record. You have to hear it for yourself and headphones are definitely recommended to maximize the experience.

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