(8/10) Tim Bowness, a name you might have hears already. The singer from England has a good relation with Steve Wilson from Porcupine Tree and Bowness is also primerily known as vovalist and co-songwriter of No-Man.
Now it was time for Bowness to focus again on a solo album. Ten years after the debut "My hotel years" the singer from Latchford, England released "Abandoned dancehall dreams" - his second solo record. Bowness got quite some support of his friends from No-Man, who supported him on this record. But also the already mentioned Steve Wilson, Anna Phoebe (TSO), Colin Edwin (Porcupine Tree) and Pat Mastelotto from King Crimson added some notes to "Abandoned dancehall dreams"
What about the songs and the music? We get high level prog rock. It's amazing that silence can sound so beautiful. When I heard the soundtrack I got a picture in front of my eyes. Sitting on a boad, watching on the icy coast line of the Antartica, massive icebergs are passing by and it's the silence which catches you. The soundtrack which I wanted to have for such a trip would have been the album of Tim Bowness. Unfortunately it wasn't released at that time. I know, that this sounds very philosophic, but songs like "Smiler at 50", "Waterfoot" or "I fought against the South" just fit perfectly. All three of them are very silent and relaxed songs, still transporting a lot of feelings and intesity. And it's the underlying humbleness in each song which makes them all so authentic. Beautiful music finds it's way into your ears, brain and heart. Compared to the mentioned tunes the opener is really rocking. "The warm-up man forever" reminds me to Marillion. The track has an almost hypnotic drum beat and vocals. Slightly different and still cool.
"Abandoned dancehall days" became a masterpiece of prog rock. Big soundscape meet almost fragile musical songs - that's what makes this album standing out. An record for earphones and an hour time. Take the time and enjoy the album. That's all I can say.
- The warm-up man forever
- Smiler at 50
- Songs of distant summers
- Dancing for you
- Smiler at 52
- I fought against the south
- Beaten by love
Genre: Prog Rock