Thursday, 26 November 2020
Review: Singularity (Rain)
#1,548: elobeatlesforever couldn't let local prog rockers Rain release their debut album " Singularity" (Giant Electric Pea #GEPCD1067) without running the proverbial elobf rule over it. Many ELO fans forget that they were considered to be a progressive outfit themselves thanx to their early LP's "ELO II" and "On The Third Day" and this enjoyable five track, 47 minute journey by Rain, who include Rob Groucutt (yes, Kelly's son) and Mirron Webb alongside current Quill members Andy Edwards and John Jowitt in their ranks, will likely tick the box for those searching for new prog talent with an experimental aspect.
"Singularity" is ironically an album of differing streams starting with the excellent (and my fave) "Devils Will Reign". It's classic prog with apt if not prophetic lyrical observation of current societal machinations. "Population will reduce, Innocence is now". Indeed. Without doubt there are elements here of Yes in their prime. Vocals are solid throughout hence with its prominent pulsing bass, wonderful guitar craft, articulate percussion and inventive keys, the whole recording hangs together quite nicely closing, as it does, with a surprising twist of industrial jazz vibe for the title track. I have a feeling that this album will suit vinyl quite nicely. Water great debut for Rain! ★★★★
Trax: "Devils Will Reign" ~ "Dandelion" ~ "Walk Away" ~ "The Magician" ~ "Singularity"
"Singularity" by Rain (CD) is currently available to purchase by clicking this link. Vinyl edition to follow soon!
elobeatlesforever (elobf) recommends "Singularity" by Rain to those enlightened folks who enjoy the music of ELO/Jeff Lynne, Roy Wood, The Move, The Idle Race, Quill, The Beatles and related artistes. With thanx to author James R Turner for his timely nudge.
*** Until next "Time" in the ELOBF Universe ... KJS ... 26-Nov-2020 ***