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Tim Bowness: Late Night Laments
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Tim Bowness: Late Night Laments

Melancholic Melodic Rock
3.0/5.0

When he's not writing and recording with a host of international progressive musicians, Tim Bowness finds time to work on his own solo projects. That is becoming even more frequent for the artist. His sixth solo album, Late Night Laments comes a short 17 months after 2019's Flowers At The Scene. The album is typical Bowness handiwork wherein he composes his tunes and gets a host of friends and similar musical co-conspirators to help him record them. The album is produced by long-time friend and No-Man collaborator Steve Wilson.

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Additionally, neither Bowness nor Late Night Laments need little exposition of his musical style. Simply, his music is atmospheric and ethereal, sometimes symphonic, largely synth-driven, melancholic melodic rock. His lyrical themes are of intimate, emotional, and sometimes culturally relevant themes. That's it. Bowness is not reinventing himself nor stepping out of his wheelhouse. If you're expecting something different, don't. I find myself making the same similar observations of every Bowness recording. The songs sound both intimate and distant, but also the same. Everything blurs together for me. Because Bowness has such a soft vocal presentation, I find that I sometimes can't understand him, and I wish I had the lyric sheet. Turming up the volume sometimes helps. I did enjoy one song in particular, I'm Better Now which has an actual guitar solo provided by multi-instrumentalist and current Gong guitarist Kavus Torabi.

All in all, and once again, Late Night Laments is simply Tim Bowness offering his trademark mellow and melancholic melodic rock. If you liked his previous material, you will definitely enjoy this album.



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Once again, Late Night Laments is simply Tim Bowness offering his trademark mellow and melancholic melodic rock. If you liked his previous material, you will definitely enjoy this album.

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