This extremely listenable self-penned album by Tim Burness is full of rich moments and full of good memorable music throughout. The construction of the album carries with it a whole host of hypnotic chord sequences, scaled piano patterns together with interventions of human voice and electric guitar. As the music flows over you, you can detect, here and there, little routines comparable to the type of loop sequences that Mike Oldfield engages himself in. Even thrown into the equation are some spine tingling synthesizer moments seemingly borrowed from perhaps “War of the Worlds” which feature on track seven “Unlike any Other” that actually fit very well into music creating a nice atmospheric impression. Maybe; Tim hasn’t got the best vocal range in the world but somehow he is able to create an interesting feeling of real comfortable warmth with his singing, there is also the odd moment of humor thrown into the equation such as the coupled rhyming of “Failure with Australia” in the lyrics and the “Dalekkisims” that embellish one of the tracks. There is certainly an interesting progressive edge to the music and which includes many changes in direction to the overall structure of each individual track but it is also true to say that the whole affair is an extremely song based project and that there are no real moments when any instrumental “showboating” takes over to lift the listener onto the ultimate plateau of progressive rock indulgence. However, it matters not because there are many other items on offer here and throughout particularly the subtle interplay between keyboards, guitar and human voice. There are too many instances when the bass guitar comes to the fore with nice interesting melodic runs that are a joy to follow. This is, without doubt, an album that really grows on you with successive plays and as you get to grips with the quirky lyrics and sometimes offbeat musical composition it somehow all flows nicely together. Tim, who, during the 1980s led his own band Burnessence, is no stranger to Neo-Prog having supported the likes of IQ and Pendragon and has with this album created a kind of unique niche for himself, actually not too far removed from the song based output of Steven Wilson which he produces these days within the more melodic progressive pop market sphere.
Summary: An interesting collection of nice songs, quirky lyrics and solid musicianship. A nice album to own.
Artwork: Fairly plain and uninteresting cover artwork but good in terms of information contained within.
Tacks :1.These Are The Days 2.Grass Is Greener 3.And Set Your Spirit Free 4.Round And Round 5.The Messenger 6.Hold Me 7.Unlike Any Other 8.A Space For Our Love To Grow 9.Dreaming Of A New World 10.What's Going On In Your Head? 11.Stop Them 12.Cynical World
All tracks composed by Tim Burness
Bass: Keith Hastings
Drums: Fudge Smith (ex-Pendragon and ex-Steve Hackett)
Keyboards, percussion and backing vocals: Monty Oxymoron (still with legendary English punk band The Damned).
Synthesizers and effects: Gregg McKella
Bodhran: Andrew Bradstreet
Sub-bass guitar: Lee Abraham
Additional drums: Nick Cooper
Bass guitar, electric and acoustic guitars, programming: Julian Tardo
Vocals, electric and acoustic guitars, e-bow, guitar synthesizer, keyboards, rhythm programming: Tim