Steve Rothery – The Ghosts of Pripyat

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2014 Steve Rothery/ 2015 Inside Out Music (Reissue)

Named after the abandoned Ukrainian city that fell victim to Chernobyl’s nuclear fallout; the Marillion axeman brings us to a intimate setting with an album that shows many sides of his musical personalities. Originally independently released, with a fan funded Pledge Music campaign igniting the project and making it possible, Ghosts of Pripyat is being released through InsideOut to further entice the masses. Not exactly a clone of his anchor band, you can most certainly hear his style all across the board; yes, certainly his essence of ethereal and atmospheric style that aligns itself with Hackett & Gilmour does play a big role within the moodiness of the album, but thankfully, there is no ‘new age’ bullshit or lackluster cackling that most guitarists do when they are let loose on their own.

Ghosts… is a collection of songs, more so than say, compositions, Rothery’s glistening approach is heard on the opening tune “Morpheus,” with lush keyboards pushing a thick sentiment underneath the splashes of lead guitar; the same can be said for the semi-ballads of “Old Man and the Sea” & ” Yesterday’s Hero,” both offering up a darker commodity while he cranks up the rock and roll factor up several notches on both “Summer’s End” and the title track, as the two tunes prevail with a multifaceted approach, complete with a crescendo being fully revved up. Even with the whole prog rock archetype in tow, it’s easy to remove the stigma of that stereotype as the tunage possesses a soulful attitude rather than chomping on the bit to scald the ears as some wanky vanity project; the material here is just as strong as anything Marillion has done, you hear the elements that made pop and prog collide.

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