Steve Thorne

Rating: 70/100

Reviewed by: Kenn Jensen, April '05
Giant Electric Pea/SPV
Style: Progressive Rock

Emotional Creatures : Part One

When I first got my hands on this album I thought: Steve Thorne? Didn't ring a bell with me at all ... but from reading the info supplied with the CD I found out that he's a highly respected singer/songwriter from the South of England. And although this is his first release, he must have quite a reputation, because he has managed to attract some very famous guests on this album: Tony Levin (King Crimson, Peter Gabriel & Liquid Tension Experiment), Nick D'Virgilio (Spock's Beard), Geoff Downes (Asia & Yes), Martin Orford, Gary Chandler, Steve Christey and John Jowitt (all from Jadis), Paul Cook (IQ) and a couple of unknowns to me: Liz Allen & Arnie Cottrell.

All songs are written and arranged by Steve Thorne, and the album was recorded at Aubitt Studios in Southampton, England by Steve Thorne and Rob Aubrey. And as you might have guessed, the playing on this album is flawless, and all the stars on this album do everything you could hope for ... but all credit to Steve Thorne, who has made a nice album, which will appeal to a lot of different music fans, because it crosses over a big range of styles. The cornerstone is progressive rock - Jethro Tull, Marillion and Fish - and on top of that there are influences from folk, alternative and some guitar rock.

I think, this is a good album for a small audience, but if you count bands like IQ, Jadis, Marillion and Jethro Tull among your favorite bands, then there's no way around this album. Fans of British progressive rock can grap this album without hesitation.

Recommended tracks: "God Bless America ", "Julia" & "Goodbye"