ARTIST:

MR SO AND SO

(DEFAULT)
TITLE:

TRUTHS, LIES & HALF LIES

(2013)
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PROGRESSIVE ROCK

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"With Truths, Lies And Half Lies and his punchy Rock, Mr So&So is slowly getting closer to the elite."
PETE_T (17.07.2013)  
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It took Mr So & So four years to give Sugar Stealer an older brother. To say that the band was inspired by this ordeal would not be lying because, beyond a stable line-up, the band took up the ingredients that had made it an album noticed in the small world of progressive music.

Charlotte is now an integral part of the band - as proved by the little clips announcing the genesis of "Truths, Lies And Half Lies" in which she was strongly involved - and shows all her mastery in two melodious ballads where a piano/voice duo prevails. In contrast to these parts, the riffs of Paperchase, Apophis or Time For Change very Deep Purple by their power and the different layers of 6-strings surprise and slowly start to make them a trademark of the combo.

Beside that, the progressive passages  become more discreet like the guitar solos of Paperchase and Jingo which hit the bull's eye even if the jazzy style of the first one could surprise. Some tracks with a more conventional development are also present. The leg of the emotional Marillion is felt notably on the melodious (and pop?) You're Coming Home (and its bagpipe finale), Please (all in progression) and the eponymous track. 

In the end, the ensemble could be flawless if Shaun McGowan's (Magoo) voice didn't still show some scattered signs of weakness. Of course, Charlotte's contribution makes up for most of this issue but she can't do everything. As for the treatment of the drums - often emphasized in previous productions - it has made a positive leap.

With "Truths, Lies And Half Lies", Mr So&So confirms what was glimpsed four years earlier: a formation that is not yet a leader in the first division but is slowly moving closer to the elite with every delivery.


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TRACK LISTING:
01. Paperchase - 08:19
02. Apophis - 06:44
03. Truths, Lies & Half Lies - 04:04
04. House Of Dreams - 03:30
05. Looking Glass - 03:14
06. Jingo - 07:41
07. You're Coming Home - 07:34
08. Breathe - 05:08
09. Time For Change - 04:47
10. Compliance - 05:22
11. Please - 10:20

LINEUP:
Andy: Claviers
Charlotte Evans : Chant / Choeurs, Tambourin
Dave Foster : Guitares / Percussions
Shaun McGowan : Chant / Basse / Bouzouki, Didgeridoo, Flûtes Irlandaises, Banjo
Stu: Batterie
   
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