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Steve Thorne - The Island Of Imbeciles album review

Album Review

Spleen venting never sounded so mellifluous.

Let’s get this out of the way – Steve Thorne’s fifth album is pretty terrific. It sounds great, has plenty of clever writing, and features Nick D’Virgilio and prog royalty Tony Levin, alongside Cosmograf’s Robin Armstrong among others. Although there are hints of contemporary prog acts like Big Big Train in tracks like Colours Of Torment, Dear Mother Earth and They Are Flesh (Thorne’s voice is quite reminiscent of David Longdon at times), the material owes as much if not more to the likes of Crowded House, Talk Talk and even to lush 80s pop like Yazoo (have a listen to opener In The Frame).

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