|Posted on September 11, 2014 at 7:40 PM|
It almost feels like a second coming. A decade since their last work, 2003’s Tug Of War, how good does it feel is to utter the immortal words - Enchant return!? When they appeared in the mid-nineties in what was a bit of a prog revival, they were a band who were building up a healthy reputation and loyal following before taking an extended break, perhaps not deliberate but one which just went on and on..…and on. With The Great Divide they’ve chosen a suitably fitting title for an album which describes the void, yet sees the band coming back as strong as ever.
Masterminded by mainman Doug Ott in his own studio base, the brief tense throb of Circles gives way to a solid keyboard, bass and drum rhythm – “Round and round and round we go, where we stop nobody knows” and “I need a new direction” sings Ted Leonard, reflecting on something which main songwriter Doug Ott has suggested and seeing the band seeing the chance to set out in a new direction on the new record, although it’s distinctly Enchant. Following quickly with the track which has been released as the album taster, Within An Inch, lyrically it explores the experience of coming close to death, with an insistent cry of “Feels like I’m dying” and a guitar motif which recalls mid seventies Genesis (fans might recognise the track I’m thinking of), it’s perhaps not surprising the track has been selected to showcase the new album.
The title track starts off with a flurry and could be how classic seventies Yes might sound like in the 21st century – it’s ‘prog with balls’ – ambitious and atmospheric and with an opening riff which Ott has had swimming round since the age of 17, yet only just found the time and the band who are able to work with it. Not only that, it completes a terrific set of introductory songs which clearly show Enchant back with something worth shouting about.
The lengthy opening trio of tracks find themselves juxtaposed against All Mixed Up whose stomping heavy rhythm combined with a soft bass led interlude across four minutes is combined with another pair of shorter pieces in Transparent Man and Life In A Shadow; the latter being as close as you’re going to get to a love song, yet they go to highlight what Enchant can do in the shorter format as well as with the more extended pieces.
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