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THINKING PLAGUE: A History of Madness
2003, a mellower, sometimes rather romantic programme, and again with a changed line-up -Dave Kerman and Bob Drake are both missed. There is some impressive playing here, great precision, the usual surefooted compositional skill and some tricksy use of effects and arrangement detail - in this TP are light years ahead of the prog. Field - but in that field they toil, perhaps even more so than they did in earlier incarnations. And though unfair, one can't help but compare: the clarity and power of the early band (both in the sound and the arrangements) has given way to a more thoughtful but flattened music; impressively crafted but not inspired.