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Thinking Plague: Decline and Fall

"Decline and Fall" is the long awaited sixth album from Thinking Plague. The group began as a duo doing basement recording experiments nearly 30 years ago. "Decline and Fall" brings new surprises to the sound, with the addition of vocalist Elaine Di Falco, who provides unique and interesting harmonies and melodies to the soundscape. Another new addition to the band is keyboardist/drummer, Kimara Sajn. The group added drummer Robin Chestnut to the mix on this album. Meanwhile, the founding core of the band returns with Mark Harris on saxes and clarinets, Dave Willey on bass and Mike Johnson, the band's guitarist, leader and composer" (http://www.cuneiformrecords.com/bandshtml/thinking.html, 2012).

This is interesting and experimental, instrumental prog, full of several time and pace changes. The jazzy use of clarinets and saxes provides a very unique sound to expand the dimensions of the experience. You can truly hear some interesting improvising throughout the soundscape. There is never a dull moment throughout the album. The piano work and interesting clarinet and sax work on "A Virtuous Man" make it one of the standouts on the album. But it's the cool keyboard work on "Climbing the Mountain" that make this track my favorite and best track on the album.

Track Listing:

1. Malthusian Dances
2. I Cannot Fly
3. Sleeper Cell Anthem
4. A Virtuous Man
5. The Gyre
6. Climbing the Mountain

Added: March 31st 2012
Reviewer: Mark Johnson
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Related Link: Cuneiform Records.com
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Language: english

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