Size: 158,4 MB
Styles: Progressive Rock/Crossover Prog
1. One: Dormouse Ensnared - Dormouse - A Theme - 1:08
2. One: Dormouse Ensnared - Waiting for the Axe to Fall - 6:13
3. One: Dormouse Ensnared - Hive Mind - 4:00
4. One: Dormouse Ensnared - The Claws of a Crayfish - 5:41
5. One: Dormouse Ensnared - My Sleeping Slave - 3:26
6. Two: Dormouse Escapes - Darkness at Noon - 1:50
7. Two: Dormouse Escapes - Prequiem - 1:53
8. Two: Dormouse Escapes - Gift of the Flame - 6:08
9. Two: Dormouse Escapes - Interview with a Dormouse - 1:17
10. Two: Dormouse Escapes - Thermonuclear Cheese - 1:54
11. Two: Dormouse Escapes - The Search For Terrestrial Life - 5:32
12. Two: Dormouse Escapes - A Fistfull of Fortude - 2:41
13. Three: Dormouse Enlightened - Love Theme From 'Number Seven' - 7:06
14. Three: Dormouse Enlightened - Storia Senti - 6:42
15. Three: Dormouse Enlightened - Infinite Supply - 4:57
16. Three: Dormouse Enlightened - Dormouse - An End - 2:16
As a preface I'll begin with the moment of the release of this album - the end of the 00s or 2009. The progressive rock music is close to another peak at its creativeness after the late 70s. So I want to be a good prophet, when I say the 10s will be the revival of the most accomplished works of progressive rock. The preparation for this began probably somewhere in 2006 with a lot of creativeness in all consecutive years after that - 2007, 2008, 2009.
One of the most authentic proof about my above words is the newest album by Phideaux called Number Seven. This remarkable work of art is strong and true candidate of best album for 2009 and valued candidate of greatest crossover prog album of all time (in our PA sub-genre division) as well. Number Seven is a perfect blend of classic art rock with fibres of celtic folklore, country music, classical music and psychedelia. Everything is combined very mature. For example, melancholic and cheerful moments goes hand-in- hand perfectly.
Phideaux's Number Seven is very similar and strongly reminds me to some preceding artists like Pink Floyd and Mike Oldfield (my favourites). So, of course, it's highly recommended to all the fans of Pink Floyd and Mike Oldfield. Where exactly the similarity is? The similarity with Pink Floyd could be found in some very elegant psychedelic moments, the way of structuring of all harmony back vocals, crystal guitar solos, the slow precise drumming and bass playing styles at the beginning of ideological part or shifting the tempo at the middle, and, of course, some acoustic moments including the male vocals. The similarity with Mike Oldfield could be found mostly in specific crossover-typed structure with returning and repeating motifs and mainly in celtic-oriented folklore music, but I should not forget the female vocals, which are very close.
And now it's time for the most important part of my review - the structure of the album. Yeah, it's the most important part for any crossover prog album, because it's the charm of this sub-genre. Here the structure of the album is divided in three part. All of them are constructed absolutely precise with logical links between. Each of the phases contains its own logical inception of the action, development of the action, culmination, denouement and an end. Moreover, the beginning and the end are connected, too! The themes and motifs of the composition are implicated into a chess game. There are so many turns and you can't remember everything. With every next playing you realize more and more new moments. So you have to remember you turns and their meanings, if you want to win the game/understand something.