Fireworks

Apogee - 'The Art Of Mind' http://rocktopia.co.uk/media/reviews/photos/thumbnail/200x200s/79/ee/25/Apogee-The-Art-Of-Mind-24-1450996306.jpg Hot

Added by Central Electronic Brain     December 24, 2015    
 
0.0
 
0.0 (0)
3305   0   1   0   0   0

Artist

Artist

Title

Genre

Definitely a case of an album you need to hear before you buy. You never know, it might just float your boat.

Apogee is the domain of multi-instrumentalist and song-writer, Arne Schäfer (who is joined here by drummer/percussionist, Eberhard Graef) and is apparently his well-established side project from his usual band, Versus X; albeit this is my first encounter with either of those. This is Apogee's eighth album since 1995 and consists of five tracks and in today's world of lengthy releases clocks in at a relatively lowly fifty-six minutes.

As the promotional blurb invariably does, it hypes up the album with the claim that together Schäfer and Graef have revived the typical characteristics and qualities of the classic Prog Rock and then lists the usual suspect bands. I have to take issue with that because Apogee is a long way short of Genesis, Yes, Jethro Tull etc. If anything they sit in the Neo-Prog world.

Musically it's very accomplished and really rather pleasant, however, there's a fly in the ointment which I have no doubt will split listeners into two camps, or at best three (giving room for a few fence-sitters) and that's Schäfer's vocals, which to my ears are dull and lifeless thus doing an injustice to his undoubted prowess as a composer. There have been many similar examples down the years; look at Bob Dylan, he's written many a great song but can't sing them for toffee – pretty much anyone sings his songs better than he does.

Fireworks - The Ultimate Magazine For Melodic Rock Music

This website uses cookies to help us give you the best experience when you visit. Cookies used for the essential operation of the site have already been set. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more about the cookies we use and how to delete them, see our Privacy Statement.

I accept cookies from this site


It begs the question why the artist can't hear this for themselves? In such situations I find myself thinking "why don't you get a proper singer in?"

As I listened to this album a comparison immediately popped into my head, that of The Tangent both musically and vocally. The more I listen the more the similarity appears cogent; although Andy Tillison has a slightly more expressive voice (on record anyway). There's also the sort of idiosyncratic Peter Hammill (Van Der Graaf Generator) quality to his vocals which will probably prove to be a Marmite factor.

With either a decent singer or as an instrumental album I think I'd really enjoy this album, but as it stands it doesn't pass muster and that's probably why the band has never crossed my radar before. Compared to all the superb albums that have been released thus far this year in the Prog genre, I'm afraid this pales by comparison.

Definitely a case of an album you need to hear before you buy. You never know, it might just float your boat.

Gary Marshall

Share this on the web.

User reviews

There are no user reviews for this listing.

 


Comments (0)add comment

Write comment

security image
Write the displayed characters


busy

Member Login



Calendar

<<  November 2019  >>
 Mo  Tu  We  Th  Fr  Sa  Su 
      1  2  3
  4  5  6  7  8  910
11121314151617
18192021222324
252627282930 

Search Here

Shout Here

Latest Message: 6 days, 7 hours ago
  • kazooba : I have digital versions of every issue from 27 thru 88, any way I can get issues 1 - 26 with cd's digitally?
  • Berny : @SeaDog57: The links are in the Fireworks menu. Have you tried scrolling down? Maybe your screen size is too small...
  • SeaDog57 : Berny; there are only links up to Fireworks 86. Which is kinda strange because i already downloaded CD 87 but i'm looking for the link to CD 88...Chris
  • Rocktopia Te : @Johns Band: Can you please contact us here: «email»
  • Johns Band : Fireworks Magazine 88 did not arrive by post. paid by PayPal. Any Suggestion.
  • Berny : @bpomper: Can you pls. contact the Rocktopia team here: «email»
  • bpomper : i found the problem..old email i can not access.i have tried to change it by editing my info but it wont allow. any suggestions
  • Berny : @bpomper: A reply was sent yesterday, We recommend checking your spam/junk mail to see if our message was filtered there. The magazine was already sent to your shipping address. Please let me know if you do not receive it within the next couple of days. Thanks for your patience!
  • bpomper : Thanks didnt of that. I still have not heard about fireworks 88 was it sent out. Thankyou
  • Rocktopia Te : @bpomper: For security reasons, we removed your previous message. Please do not post your private e - mail address. Many thanks for your understanding.
  • bpomper : Thanks for the reply. I see download but can you confirm that hardcopy was or is sent ou .thanks.the email i used is inder the contact me info of the website
  • Berny : @bpomper: Apologies for your troubles. Where did you send the email to? We haven't received anything. I will send you a longer reply via mail. Also, you can download the free CD from the "Fireworks" menu on top, but the CD links are only shown if you are logged in.
  • bpomper : 3rd email inquiring about my purchase of fireworks #88. i purchased on the 2oth of sept and today is the 24 with no response...paypal has taken the payment. should i have a down load of the cd for mu usa magazine. Looking forward to an answer
  • bpomper : hello i purchased fireworks #88 through paypal on9/23 and have not recieved an email from rocktopia. purchase is for a hard copy of the mag. should i have cd download instructions.when should i expect it
  • Berny : @Johns Band: I've just sent you an e - mail. Best regards, B.
  • Johns Band : I have ordered FM Live video and £1.99 taken from my PayPal account. How do I download video. Something gone wrong at processing with Fireworks. The links to report it do not work.
  • Berny : @kevinw01: Have you received the mail containing the donwload instructions? It seems as if you are downloading the bonus CDs from the "Fireworks" menu, those are meant for our readers in the USA and Canada whose copies do not come with the CD. I will send you a mail now. Thanks, B.
  • kevinw01 : I have ordered several issues of Fireworks but when I press the download button I only get a copy of the MP3 but not the PDF files. I have an iPad. Am I doing something wrong? Kevin
  • Berny : @ARONITY: Thanks for your order. As stated in the item's description, it can take up to three hours for your purchase to be processed. You should have received a mail containing the download instructions by now. Thanks for your patience!
  • ARONTY : Hi, Just ordered #88 pdf, Paypal show the payment, but no d/l link, please help..
  • Berny : @John: Pls. check your mail, this should have been sorted by now. Apologies for the delay!
  • johnmason : Hi. I paid for #88 and it doesn't show up in the licenses/Downloads and I never received any email telling me how to download it.
  • Rocktopia Te : Fireworks Magazine #88 is out now!
  • SeaDog57 : Thanks Berny got it
  • Berny : @SeaDog57: Not sure why the password disappeared, but it's back. Pls. download your copy from the usual place (i.e. Fireworks - > Bonus CD 87 on the TOP menu). Have fun! :)
  • SeaDog57 : Berny looking for the link and password to Issue 87 free music
  • Berny : @yvesrock: Apologies for the troubles. I've just sent you an email.
  • yvesrock : Hi,I ordered the 11th june the new Fireworks' magazine (issue 87) and I didn't receive it. Can you see if you sent it ? Best wishes Yves
  • yvesrock : Hi,
  • Berny : @Gazza2005: Please accept my apologies for the delay in processing your order. You should have received a confirmation mail by now. We are really trying our best to fix the payment issue as soon as possible. Thanks for your patience! PS: It seems as if you sent the payment twice, we sent you a refund.

Only registered users are allowed to post

Follow Us

FacebookTwitterYoutubeGoogle

This website uses cookies to help us give you the best experience when you visit. Cookies used for the essential operation of the site have already been set. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more about the cookies we use and how to delete them, see our Privacy Statement.

I accept cookies from this site