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It wouldn't be a Frost* album if certain aspects weren't challenging, even to those heavily invested in the Prog genre.

It's been eight years since we heard a new Frost* studio album. In March 2011 it seemed Jem Godfrey had called it a day and disbanded the outfit, only to post a few months later that a third album was underway – well, it's finally arrived! Changes see Craig Blundell (drums) and Nathan King (bass) coming into the band, with John Mitchell making up the rest. Dec Burke isn't involved this time, although Joe Satriani makes a guest appearance.

After many listens it occurred to me that, at times, the album sounds as if it's borne out of Mitchell's highly acclaimed 'Lonely Robot' release from last year; his involvement in the writing clearly being a factor. It wouldn't be a Frost* album if certain aspects weren't challenging, even to those heavily invested in the Prog genre. In this instance it's the track 'Towerblock'; this one leaves me very confused, and I have no idea what's going on. There's an extended breakdown section that sounds like a combination of Club music and a skipping CD (I have a download, so it's not that!).

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If I'm hearing the lyrics correctly it might be trying to represent chaos; however, it's far too random and annoying for my taste. At times things do get a little frenetic with too much going on. 'First Day' is a short introduction piece; it's atmospheric with shimmering synths and ethereal vocals. 'Numbers' is energetic, with a terrific drum pattern and a superb vocal arrangement, particularly on the chorus.

'Signs' certainly has the Mitchell vibe, with mid-paced verses and a chorus that hurtles out of the speakers, and the power increases towards the end. 'Lights Out' takes the tempo right down, developing into a somewhat ethereal male/female duet. 'Heartstrings' races along on the back of several strong synth refrains, with a chorus that puts me in mind of recent It Bites material – this segues into 'Closer To The Sun', a song of two parts; soft and breathy to start with, followed by an upbeat instrumental section. 'The Raging Against The Dying Of The Light Blues' chops and changes across its eight minutes, whilst 'Nice Day For It...' could be a modern Genesis instrumental, for the most part. 'Hypoventilate' is a swirling, atmospheric interlude before the album concludes with 'Last Day'; a simple, poignant song of piano and voice.

Gary Marshall

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