Pinnick Gales Pridgen
PGP 2 Magna Carta
What do you do when you put three giants of prog, blues and rock together and produce a fantastic album? Obviously, you return to the studio and make another one, and here it is! Far from a ‘difficult’ second album, this is a magical masterpiece that delights the ears from the first bars of the opening track. As you would expect from the track records of bassist Dug Pinnick, guitarist Eric Gales and drummer Thomas Pridgen, this is a musical assault that focuses the ears and the mind, so for the duration of the album nothing else in the world seems to matter. They draw inspiration from many great rock and blues acts over the years, so there’s a comfortable element here. But the sound they produce is unmistakably their own. The sheer instrumental power is almost frightening, yet the vocals still soar out over the mayhem. This is not for the faint-hearted, but it definitely is a remarkably musical and finely conceived album.