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Haken: Affinity

Album Review

London’s proggers continue to apply the kitchen sink approach

Continuing to invoke a barely controlled conflagration of opulent bursts of acrobatic musicianship, nerdy nods to impenetrable jazz, arcade effects and everything in between, Haken are clearly not for everyone.

1985 is a case in point, paying homage to its title with an indulgent sojourn into a mid-80s fantasy film soundtrack before exploding into stabs of Images And Words-era Dream Theater noodling. If you have the attention span to absorb the overwhelming assault of ideas, Affinity proves what a unique and spellbinding band Haken are, even by their genre’s lofty standards.

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