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Frost* - The Philadelphia Experiment album review

Album Review

A welcome reappearance for the pop-proggers’ hard-to-find live album.

Despite a work ethic that makes Def Leppard look industrious – three studio albums in 10 years – prog pop favourites Frost* have managed to garner the kind of fans that can best be described as ardent. Not least in the colonies where this outing, as part of the 2009 RosFest bill from the Keswick Theatre, Philadelphia, is welcomed the way a dog greets a bone. While the band, in turn, address the audience like a well-heeled sixth form master taking morning assembly, as every utterance is greeted with a whoop or holler. To Frost*’s credit, this happy enthusiasm only spurs them on. It’s even more remarkable, given that drummer Nick d’Virgilio had only two days’ rehearsal time with the band before a two-hour show. “I love his playing on this album,” says Jem Godfrey (keyboards, vocals), “For me, he’s the star of this particular gig.”

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