(Galileo Records GR010)
From Aural Innovations #36 (May 2007)
T is Thomas Thielen who since his last album "Naive" has moved to
Hannover Germany....VOICES vocals immediately remind of Robert Wyatt of Soft
Machine, but the music is something different, more of 80's classic rock?! The
guitar has the Robert Fripp sound! Then it sounds like an 80's Peter Gabriel
track....AUGUST IN ME changes pace, soft spoken word vocal. It's a concept album!?!?
Very nice! Thomas Thielen spent over 4 years working on this and you can hear
it! PARTY PIECE I wonder if this gets played on German radio, pretty impressive!
Like the German Radiohead or something? STILL slow quiet guitar riff, pretty
amazing stuff from Thomas. Not what I usually listen to, and it's a little 80's
for my taste but none the less very impressive! Elaborate ear candy, the girls
will dig it!! SEPTIC look out, here comes the 70's ELP cheese keyboard with
the Robert Wyatt vocal. It's weird to hear someone so obviously copy someone
else. It makes you wonder how aware they are of it or how they justify it? Besides
this it sounds great, makes me want to listen to some Soft Machine tho!! You
know, some reviewers think my old band ST 37 were too noisy for their prog-rock
tastes but the whole point of progressive rock is/was to do something new/innovative,
not just copy what's gone before!! FAITH having said that, this track sounds
pretty damn cool, with strings, layers of cool big 80's production done at home
in the 2000's!!! SECOND THOUGHTS more, this one sounds a little home demo-ish,
some very funky bass! I wonder if T plays live!? AFTER very swell, lush pop
rock! Number one on Venus! CURTAIN CALL nice moody piano, Thomas is too cool
for words. It gets all worked up into a musical explosion of heart felt emotion!
Then comes tapes of people talkin' and carrying on etc. I guess that's the curtain
call!!? FORGET ME NOW more of the same, very nice! "do your summers leave
you cold?" Nice pulse! Ol Thomas is bringing down the house! Some quality
wailing! Glass breaking! The CD gets very loud in spots, my wife wants to turn
it down. I of course say "No! Honey! We have to crank the Thomas Thielen!!!"
Or as I like to call him, "T" !!!
Visit the Galileo Records site at: http://www.galileo-records.com/
Visit the band web site at: http://www.naiveland.de/
Reviewed by Carlton Crutcher