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Tim Bowness - 'Stupid Things That Mean The World' Hot

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Well worth checking out; I'm glad I did.

Tim Bowness inhabits what I'd term Nu-Prog, the style most commonly associated with the likes of Radiohead, Porcupine Tree and the ubiquitous Steven Wilson. Musical taste is subjective and whilst liking Prog a great deal, this sub-genre has never really resonated with me. Frankly, I find it rather dreary and far from the uplifting experience I'm seeking from music, consequently I wasn't expecting to enjoy this album; however, after three days listening to it while driving I've really got into it.

The question arises why I like this yet not a great deal of the output of the aforementioned artists? Primarily it comes down to tunes and Bowness clearly has a fine ear for melody and hooks. He's also very good at arranging tracks so that they maintain interest and don't fall into the trap of being perpetually dreary or one-paced, which is a factor that puts me off this genre. Part of the pleasure I have taken from this album have been the nuances of sound, the lightness and deftness of touch plus the arrangements; they've put a smile on my face.

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'The Great Electric Teenage Dream' opens with an ominous drum-beat and a doomy piano but it cleverly builds from there. Lyrically, as is the case across the entire album, Bowness is very impressive. 'Sing To Me' is quite superb; it's difficult to believe something so delightful had its origins in a lost No-Man (his collaboration with Wilson) song. A mournful piano refrain and breathy vocals lay the foundation with lovely guitar and violin accentuations fleshing out the sound in a manner that could almost pass unnoticed, so subtle are they. The moment when the drums kick in and the power increases is wonderful as is the instrumental section with its terrific guitar solo. As for the bass synth, all I can say is wow!

'Where You've Always Been' demonstrates how powerful a simple piano refrain can be while strings provide depth. The title song features a drum & bass beat (or is that Dub?) which I shouldn't like but I do and the fabulous melody is an absolute winner. 'Know That You Were Loved' is based around a lovely acoustic guitar motif while 'Press Reset' starts slowly but ends with a bang that hints at Muse; it's certainly the Rockiest track on offer.

'All These Escapes' is short and sweet, 'Everything You're Not' is in the established style while the short instrumental 'Everything But You' nods in the direction of Jethro Tull thanks to the flute. Closing number 'At The End Of The Holiday' is melancholy but nonetheless pleasing.

Well worth checking out; I'm glad I did.

Gary Marshall

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