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The No Name Experience - 'The Clock That Went Backwards' Hot

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A solidly consistent and easily accessible piece of work.

From their first demo tape released as No Name back in 1991, the band now known as The No Name Experience have continued to plough the fertile Neo Prog furrow. Under the guidance of founding keyboardist Alex Rukavina and vocalist Patrick Keifer, they uphold the Progressive values founded by the likes of IQ, Pendragon and Marillion, for whom Keifer in particular holds high regard.

With Rukavina taking all the writing credits bar one, lyrically, there's an element of a time concept (mysteries and questions about the notion of time) running through many of the songs – from the hypnotic ticking of the clock which opens the album through to the more obviously titled 'Looking Forward And Backward' and 'Circles Of Life'.

Setting out their stall from the off, within half of the seven minutes of the opener 'My Inner Clock', there have been nods to all the elements of the genre: a suitably grand beginning leading into an immediately melodic hook, lush keys and the usual soaring guitar and synths before a slow build to the climactic close over which Keifer questions if he's not the man he used to be or has time taken its toll. In terms of sequencing, it's an impressive opening and you're safe in the knowledge that the following fifty minutes are going to deliver exactly what you hoped for.

Whilst the album is steeped in a classic contemporary Prog coating, it does contain some element of a commercial bent in the likes of 'About Angels And Devils' with its atmospheric ambience and insistent chorus.

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The band get to flex their Rock muscles in the instrumental title track led by a chugging guitar rhythm and decorated with a glittering of synths and duelling with the solo guitar and a battery of drums, while there's a bit more straightforward Rock in Michel Volkmann's shorter 'Welcome To My New World'. 'Circles...' is the first of three tracks which showcase some sax parts contributed by Fred Hormain – in this case making a strong impact at the end of the track following a ripping guitar break, it delivers like a hard edged Supertramp epic.

However, it's the band as a whole that shine through – the strength being in the sum of its parts. Check out something like '...Forward' if you want to hear how Volkmann gets a chance to deliver some splendid lead lines alongside some chiming picking whilst Rukavina gets to indulge in what Marillion's Mark Kelly used to call the "widdly widdly bits". To be ultra picky, there are some slightly self-conscious lyrics in in the closing track 'The Snow' but 'The Clock That Went Backwards' is a solidly consistent and easily accessible piece of work.

Mike Ainscoe

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Roby Rinaldetti said:

I agree at 100% !
TNNE is really worth to be discovered.
August 11, 2015
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