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In the Beginning
Terry Draper, formerly of the progressive rock band Klaatu, has released his 20th solo album, "In The Beginning." This album marks a departure from his last release, the politically charged "Bread and Cirkus," offering a more introspective look at life and music. Draper revisits and revitalizes unreleased tracks from his past, creating an album that feels both nostalgic and fresh. His knack for blending melodic progressive rock with a Beatle-esque quality shines through, making this album a solid addition to his discography.
The opening track shares its name with the album and sets the stage for what's to come: a reflective journey through Draper's musical and personal history. Songs like “Pigs Ears Into Purses” delve into the intricacies of songwriting and the creative process, using clever phrases to express the struggles and triumphs of being a musician. Draper's ability to craft songs that are both thought-provoking and catchy is evident throughout the album, inviting listeners to engage with the music on a deeper level.
If like me, you are a Klaatu fan, you’ll love this record. It drips of melodic sweetness—you may need to check your sugar levels after listening to it. But anything that gives me an excuse to play Beatle-esque tunes on Prog Radio under the guise of prog is fine by me.
"In The Beginning" also features love songs that showcase Draper's talent for writing lyrics that resonate on an emotional level. Tracks such as “Lost Without You” and “Diamonds Of The Mind,” originally intended for Klaatu, find their home here, displaying Draper's range as a songwriter. These tracks, along with “For The Few Who Couldn’t Be Friends,” add depth to the album, blending heartfelt lyrics with the overarching themes of reflection and self-discovery.
The album concludes with "Lost At Sea," a standout track that highlights Draper's skills as a multi-instrumentalist and storyteller. With contributions from Jamie Grant on guitar and Brenda Webb on backing vocals, the song serves as a powerful finale, encapsulating the album's blend of progressive rock and melodic elements. "In The Beginning" is more than just a collection of songs; it's a thoughtfully constructed work that showcases Terry Draper's evolution as an artist. It appeals to both fans of progressive rock and those who appreciate well-crafted, introspective music, solidifying Draper's legacy as a versatile and talented musician.
If like me, you are a Klaatu fan, you’ll love this record. It drips of melodic sweetness—you may need to check your sugar levels after listening to it. But anything that gives me an excuse to play Beatle-esque tunes on Prog Radio under the guise of prog is fine by me. You’ll definitely be hearing much of this album on Prog Radio in our New Music rotation, as well as appearances in our "What’s New Proggy Cats?" show.
Jan 12, 2024
In the Beginning • Lost at Sea • Pigs Ears • Lost Within You • Memory Lane • Diamonds of the Mind
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