Twisted Il­lu­sion

In­sight To The Mind Of A Mil­lion Faces

Classic Rock - - The Hard Stuff -

Love Queen? Rush? Dio?

How about if you crammed them all to­gether into one big, fleshy prog-rock meat­loaf, sea­soned with a lack of re­straint that makes Devin Town­shend look like John Den­ver? If that sounds palat­able, then Twisted Il­lu­sion could be right up your street.

It’s all the vi­sion of front­man Matt Jones (the rest of the lineup is an ever-shift­ing enigma), who wails with wild aban­don over sprawl­ing prog epics that, in the case of the ti­tle track, spill over the 28-minute mark. You can’t knock the guy’s am­bi­tion, but there are mo­ments, such as at the end of World’s Apart, when it gen­uinely sounds like four dif­fer­ent songs are play­ing at once – a lit­tle self edit­ing could have worked won­ders. And of course it’s a dou­ble al­bum, in fit­ting with the rest of the ‘go big or go home’ men­tal­ity. And yet, de­spite the some­times suf­fo­cat­ing del­uge of ideas, there’s some­thing ec­cen­tri­cally love­able about the sheer au­dac­ity of it all.

A dou­ble al­bum that tells us sub­tlety is for wimps.

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