ARTIST:

THE WATCH

(ITALY)
TITLE:

VACUUM

(2004)
LABEL:

AUTOPRODUCTION

GENRE:

PROGRESSIVE ROCK

TAGS:
Old School
""Vacuum" takes us back 30 years to a time when the original Genesis was at its peak."
PETER HACKETT (20.11.2004)  
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"Vacuum" is the second album of The Watch, the third if we count "Twilight" produced by the Italian combo under its first name Nightwatch. The problem with the records of The Watch can be summarized in the following dilemma: should we punish the lack of originality or let ourselves be lulled by the quality of the compositions? 

"Vacuum" opens with a short piece (1'26) that holds the listener's attention by the Gabrielian accents of the singer and the very 70's sound of the music. No sooner do we have time to wonder about this impression of déjà vu than the second track hits us with full force. Not only Peter Gabriel himself seems to have been invited to sing on this track, but the keyboards owe everything to Banks and the guitar sounds like Peter Hackett's... And, when the flute appears, there is no more doubt, we think we have unearthed an unreleased Genesis track, somewhere between "Selling..." and "The Lamb...".

We can fear (or hope?) that it won't last, but "Wonderland" pushes the nail further by ending on a solo that Steve Hackett could not have denied. The tracks follow one another and we find ourselves looking for if it's the atmosphere of "Trespass" or "Nursery Cryme" or even "Wind and Wuthering" that is the most obvious, but whatever the result, the impression of listening to the fifth album of the 70's tetralogy of Genesis is prevalent. The album closes with a superb 'Vacuum' that will take you back 30 years to a time when the original Genesis was at its peak.

If for you "Supper's Ready" or "Firth of Fifth" must remain orphans, then you can divide the note by 2. But if on the contrary you are delighted that these two wonders can find a sequel, you will probably agree with this totally unreasonable note.


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TRACK LISTING:
01. Hills - 1:26
02. Damage Mode - 7:17
03. Wonderland - 7:05
04. Shining Bald Heads - 5:55
05. Out Of The Land - 6:05
06. Goddess - 5:48
07. Deeper Still - 3:24
08. The Vacuum - 10:59

LINEUP:
Ettore Salati: Guitares
Gabriele Manzini: Claviers
Marco Schembri: Basse
Roberto Leoni: Batterie
Simone Rossetti: Chant / Flûte
   
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