Seven years seems to be the charm for Nick Jackson and has band IT. The band has released only two albums in the last 14 years, with the latest being We're All In This Together. Another conceptual work, Jackson's songs "explore themes of austerity, inequality and an uncertain future for younger generations."
Over the five decades I've been listening to music, I've come to have an ear for the various genres. In the case of English melodic progressive rock, I know it when I hear it, and that sufficiently describes IT. Their music is at first melodic, then harmonious notably in the vocal arrangements and guitar lines. The keyboards move between atmospheric, airy and swirling, to symphonic. The rhythm section lays down a steady groove, reminding us that even the most eclectic or technical progressive music must rock. Yet listening to We're All In This Together, I can't say that I find IT's "prog" all that technical. Arrangements move and twist more in a desire to draw you in with accessibility and interest, rather than challenge or surprise you with compositional misdirection. Fundamentally, that's what makes IT's music and this album works so well. That and the guitar solos that follow in the perfect English prog tradition and the timbre of Gilmour or Hackett.
Bottom line: IT's We're All In This Together is another fine album of classic English melodic progressive rock. Geeks of the genre will drool over this one. Favorite cuts: Born Into Debt, Last Chance, the very catchy The Path Of Least Resistance, and the bit dreamy, very groovy, House.
IT's We're All In This Together is another fine album of classic English melodic progressive rock. Geeks of the genre will drool over this one.
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