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Big Paul Ferguson

Virtual Control

Review by Gary Hill

This one is questionable for landing under prog. Big Paul Ferguson is probably best known as the drummer for and founder of the band Killing Joke. They are a post punk band, and a lot of this has a post punk edge. Then again, that musical genre leans toward prog a lot of the time. Quite a bit of this has a healthy helping of space rock in it, too. So, while I don't think this is a tight fit, I do think it can land there. Whatever you call this, though, it's a strong release.

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Track by Track Review
Lapdogs
Hard rocking, this is quite psychedelic. It has a real space rock kind of vibe to it.
Shiny Toys
There is some definite industrial edge to this thing. Yet, it's also proggy and has some space rock. There is almost a hypnotic vibe to the vocals.
The Unraveling
More of a driving tune, this deftly combines a dark, rather industrial edge, with a proggy space kind of vibe.
Extrapolate
I dig the driving, hard-edged concept that makes up this number quite a bit. There is a bit of an 80s vibe to this. The percussion is pretty involved here.
Sea of Judgement
The main vocals on this are mostly spoken. The cut has a lot of space rock built into it. An insistent rhythm section propels it.
Seeping Through the Cracks
There is a lot of Hawkwind in the mix on this. The song is hard-edged, rocking and so classy. This is my favorite piece here. I'm reminded to some degree of "Sword of the East" by Hawkwind.
Data Lama
Hard rocking, this is another strong tune, but not a real standout.
Glass Houses
Another with plenty of industrial or techno sound in the mix, the vocals bring a trippy quality to the cut.
Plausible Deniability
I love the hard rocking edge to this thing. There is a definite Hawkwind-like vibe, but it's also merged with some 80s music textures.
Dystopian Vibe
Mellower and more atmospheric, the space comparisons definitely apply here. The vocals are spoken and weirdly echoed.
 
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