Steve Thorne - 'Crimes & Reasons' Hot

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A disc of quality songs with incredibly thoughtful lyrics.

Steve Thorne is an artist that it’s hard to categorize because although he may utilise the skills of a number of Prog luminaries on his albums he’s not traditionally Prog. Neo-Prog maybe, he’s more a songsmith in the singer/songwriter style who just happens to have Prog leanings. Rumour had it he’d got fed up with trying to make headway in the music business and called it a day, but a change of recording methods (playing most instruments himself) and the consequent reduction in production costs enabled him to carry on, thank goodness.

This is album number four and once again he delivers a disc of quality songs with incredibly thoughtful lyrics, often hard-hitting but occasionally set against tunes that belie the message. Guest musicians are fewer this time around but Nick D’Virgilio and Bob White provide drums whilst Tony Levin (bass), Gary Chandler (guitar) and Martin Orford (flute) all make telling contributions.

‘Already Dead’ bounces along with a pleasing beat and an edgy vocal that decries the couch potato lifestyle. ‘Bullets & Babies’ is a song where the melody is contra to the sentiment with the tune being rather pleasant, melodic and extremely catchy while the lyrics to relate to conflicts around the globe. Half way through the tempo increases and the guitars get aggressive before expertly returning to the original theme.

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The title track has a fabulous melody and a structure that reminds me of Jadis, the unnamed female backing vocalist brings a nice touch to proceedings. ‘Everything Under the Sun’ laments the lot and loneliness of a widow; it has a hint of recent It Bites about it. A gentle theme matches the mood of the piece and the fretless bass and flute are wonderful accentuations that round out the arrangement beautifully.

‘Fadeaway’ features a loop to which sounds are added before the song bursts into a good aggressive riff that more than carries the lyrical content about the motives and inadequacy of politicians. The liberal use of the ‘f’ word gives you a clue of what Steve thinks. The track segues beautifully into ‘Moth To Flame’ which couldn’t be more different in feel with its delicate melody and languid chorus. I love the instrumental outro; always been a sucker for bass pedals. ‘Blue Yonder’ is driven on a nice acoustic guitar refrain with Chandler (Jadis) providing an excellent solo. ‘Making Plans’ has a plaintive piano motif but again the song builds rather nicely and features yet more strong melodies. ‘Modern Curse’ reminds me of The Bangles because of the initially jangly guitars, it’s an upbeat tune featuring an edgy vocal delivery and very acerbic lyrics.

The album closes with ‘Distant Thunder’; It Bites come to mind again and the electric piano brings a ‘Duke’ era Genesis element to the tune. The first half has restrained verses set against more up tempo choruses while the second half is an extended instrumental.

Once more Steve Thorne delivers the goods!

Gary Marshall

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