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Steve Thorne has gained surprisingly much praise among the public although he hasn't released any albums (well, not until now). Nonetheless, he has performed live with his band The Salamander Project. Thus the Hampshire based singer/songwriter has managed to attract a wide array of special guest musicians to play on his debut album. Some of these guests include Tony Levin (Peter Gabriel, King Crimson, Liquid Tension Experiment), Nick D'Virgilio (Genesis, Spock's Beard, Tears for Fears), Geoff Downes (Yes, Asia, Buggles), Martin Orford (IQ, Jadis), Paul Cook (IQ, Jadis) and John Jowitt (Arena, IQ, Jadis). However, it's well worth noting that Steve Thorne himself played the majority of instruments on this album.
The music on this album is a blend of progressive rock, melodic soft rock and folk. Thorne's influences vary from Genesis, Jethro Tull, Peter Gabriel, Rush and Tears of Fears to modern day music. Although the songs are somewhat complex at times, they remain rather close to easy listening genre at all times. As the music on this album is soothing, the lyrics are more thought provoking — the tracks are related to individual journeys as well as the society at large.
Also the production on this album is top-notch. The sounds are atmospheric and rather clear. The mastering has been handled with proficiency as well.
"We all are emotional creatures" as Thorne puts it in his stunning debut album. There's also a second part to his story, which should be a great album judging from the work currently at hand. "Emotional Creatures: Part One" is definitely recommended to all listeners of softer melodic rock and progressive rock.
Release date: April 25th, 2005
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- MAGE (April 23rd, 2005)
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