German multi-instrumentalist, singer, producer and control freak t (no, not that A-Team guy) is back. And this time with a vengeance. To be precise, with Dominik Hüttermann, that other German multi-instrumentalist, singer, producer and control freak (also non-A-Team member), who happens to have been good friends with t for 20 years now. They had even produced two shy albums together back in the 90ies, thereby fuelling the idea of t s own solo efforts. So, after 20 years of hard thinking, they came up with the idea they could, actually, do a real album. It’s gonna be big, t said, trust me on this. Biggest there is, Dominik added.
Yet, the rest is not silence, but music. Some people have already sighed with relief as now finally the album Steven Wilson should have made is out. Then, of course, there are voices jubilating that, after all this time, progressive rock (or progressive pop, as Dom and t put it) has managed to get their own TAKE THAT. It s a wave that is out of control, it seems: “YES, CLOUDS CAN”, t-shirts say. We tend to agree.
The band’s idea on this album is trying to be all short pop singles and easy listening and such – and not stupid. With t in the band, the idea of a short pop song must have come down to “less than 10 minutes” and “do we really need a chorus?”. Sources say there are about 1001 minutes of music hidden in the abysses of the editor’s room.
What is left, is a caleidoscope of emotional sketches: sarcasm, melan-choly, selfirony, longing, bitterness, nostalgia, frustration, hope… it s all there, with the lyrics tiptoeing on the brink of exhaustion and excess. Also, there s loads of instruments and such, and choirs big enough to rule the world. Just like TAKE THAT, just better. Trust me on that. Biggest there is, that album. “Told you so,” Dominik and t would add.
Tracklist: 1. THIS DREAM OF ME, 2. ALL WE ARE I AM NOT, 3. LIFE IS STRANGE, 4. ON THE DAY YOU LEAVE, 5. LIKE ANY ANGEL, 6. A CHANGE OF HEART, 7. INSOMNIA