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Ian Narcisi - The Story of Blue: Introduction
Review by Gary Hill
I pretty much always like anything from Ian Narcisi.

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Ian Narcisi - The Story of Blue: The Journey
Review by Gary Hill
Ian Narcissi always creates progressive rock that’s fairly mainstream and accessible. This new disc (the second in a trilogy) is no exception.

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Native - Native Meets Lee Scratch Perry - Black Ark Showcase 1977
Review by Gary Hill

This isn't a tidy fit under progressive rock. It's not a tidy fit under reggae, either, though.


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Native Gold - A Man We All Admire
Review by Gary Hill
This is not progressive rock in the traditional sense of the word. It’s progressive music for sure, though.

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Nattefrost - Futurized
Review by Gary Hill
Perhaps this isn’t progressive rock.

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Nattefrost - Different Stages (Vinyl)
Review by Gary Hill
Nattefrost is one guy, Bjorn Jeppesen.

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Nattefrost - Futurized (Vinyl Reissue)
Review by Gary Hill
This is a new vinyl reissue of an album I already reviewed on CD.

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Nattefrost - Skaldic Themes (limited edition colored vinyl LP)
Review by Gary Hill

I've reviewed several releases from this act before. The music created by Nattefrost is electronic and lands in similar territory to acts ranging from Kraftwerk to Synergy.


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Necromonkey - A Glimpse of Possible Endings
Review by Gary Hill
This is some pretty intriguing stuff.

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Necromonkey - Show Me Where It Hertz
Review by Gary Hill
Electronic music, space rock and much more merge here.

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Negativehate - Solipsis
Review by Gary Hill

There is a whole subset of prog bands (Wolverine, for instance) that started as death metal acts and evolved into progressive rock.


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Negura Bunget - Tau
Review by Mike Korn
I will almost certainly never set foot in the Transylvanian countryside, but after hearing Tau, I can feel like I’ve actually visited there.

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Nektar - Recycled
Review by Gary Hill
Recycled is arguably the masterwork by this fairly obscure progressive rock band. Basically an epic piece divided into 11 movements, Recycled utilizes the tools of progressive rock (both unique and reminiscent of other bands) to create a very interesting piece of work.
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Nektar - Magic Is A Child
Review by Gary Hill
1977's Magic Is A Child was never considered by fans to be among Nektar's best, because it is a lot more accessible and less prog rock-oriented than the majority of their catalog. The album's low esteem is really less about the quality of this album, though and more about the incredibly high quality of the rest of the band's repertoire.
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Nektar - Remember The Future
Review by Gary Hill
There are those who consider Remember The Future to be the creative peak of Nektar's career. Certainly there are reasons to buy into that philosophy.
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Nektar - Remember The Future (Remaster)
Review by Gary Hill
Another classic album from the progressive rock cult legends Nektar, this is part of their series of remasters of their back catalog.

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Nektar - A Tab In The Ocean (Remaster)
Review by Gary Hill
When I first discovered Nektar, my favorite album by them was without a doubt Remember The Future. The thing is, the only copy of A Tab in the Ocean that I ever had was an LP that was scratched almost to point of total unplayability.
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Nektar - Man In The Moon
Review by Gary Hill
In the 1980's hair metal and new wave were king. It must have been really hard to be a prog band in those days because so many of them felt the urge to jump on the pop bandwagon to try to stay afloat.
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Nektar - Remember the Future - 40th Anniversary Deluxe Edition
Review by Gary Hill
So, this new edition of a classic Nektar album is awesome. The whole epic has been covered by me at MSJ before.

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Nektar - Time Machine
Review by Gary Hill
There were three new albums this time that disappointed me a bit.

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Nektar - Down to Earth
Review by Gary Hill
This Nektar album might not get the attention of Recycled or Remember the Future, but it's really a classic Nektar set.

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Nektar - Live in Bremen
Review by Gary Hill
Nektar front-man Roye Albrighton passed away while this album was being prepared for release. I've read that this was actually his last live performance with the band.

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Bill Nelson - After the Satellite Sings
Review by Gary Hill
The mix of sounds here is great. It ranges from electronic music to jazz, King Crimson like prog and a lot more.

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Bill Nelson - Bill Nelson’s Orchestra Arcana – Optimism
Review by Gary Hill
I like pretty much everything I’ve ever heard from Bill Nelson.

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Bill Nelson - My Secret Studio (Vol. 1)
Review by Gary Hill
This collection is literally made up of studio sketches. Bill Nelson spent a period of several years working on song ideas for a band he was looking to assemble.

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Bill Nelson - Dreamy Screens (Soundtracks from the Echo Observatory)
Review by Gary Hill

This box set houses three CDs from Bill Nelson. Two of the albums were recorded as soundtracks.


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Bill Nelson - Chance Encounters in the Garden of Lights
Review by Gary Hill

One always expects something special when you play an album from Bill Nelson. This double CD set is no exception there.


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Byron Nemeth - Group - 100 Worlds
Review by Gary Hill
Fans of Dream Theater should love this album, as should most fans of harder edged prog rock. The disc is 13 instrumental prog numbers that are quite strong.
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Neomythics - Projectiles
Review by Gary Hill
I can definitely see some people disagreeing with this landing in progressive rock. For my money, though, it fits.

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Neomythics - More Protection
Review by Gary Hill
This is one of those albums where I’m sure people will disagree with it landing under progressive rock.

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Mani Neumeier - Talking Guru Drums
Review by Gary Hill
This is definitely not progressive rock. That said, it is progressive music.

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New Sincerity Works - Wonder Lust
Review by Gary Hill

Although I've landed this under progressive rock, it's of the modern alternative rock based sound that's tied heavily to Radiohead.


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New Sun - Expectations
Review by Gary Hill
The third album from this group, this one shows a new maturity and refinement and higher level of professionalism for the band.
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New Sun - Affects
Review by Gary Hill
Seeming a bit more true progressive rock (as opposed to prog metal) than the last album, this release shows that the band has made progress in their sound and song writing.
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Niacin - Organik
Review by Gary Hill
Niacin just keeps getting better. While all their albums are entertaining, the earlier ones seemed to be a little more low key in some ways - leaning more on the smooth jazz than the prog.
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Niacin - Live Blood, Sweat and Beers
Review by Gary Hill
Niacin have been quickly establishing themselves as a prog group that is at the top of the heap.
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Niacin - Deep
Review by Gary Hill
This album captures a nice retro and jazzy sort of prog texture. It does this, almost completely, without the addition of guitar and vocals.
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Niacin - Time Crunch
Review by Gary Hill
Niacin (Billy Sheehan, John Novello and Dennis Chambers) have certainly outdone themselves this time.
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Nightingale - Daylight Saving Time
Review by Josh Turner
If you did a search for bands with the name Nightingale, you would wind up with more than a single hit.
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Nightsatan - Nightsatan and the Loops of Doom
Review by Mike Korn
30 years after the bombs fell, there’s not much live music any more. But there is Nightsatan.

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Nightwish - Once
Review by Scott Prinzing
Every once in awhile, I discover a great new band, but recently, I’ve discovered several bands that have been around for a decade or more that leave me mystified as to how I missed them all this time.  

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Nima & Merge - Separate Worlds
Review by Josh Turner
On this disc, there are many lurid instrumentals. The music is elusively melancholic with the most wistful flow.
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Nineteentwelve - Elegy
Review by Gary Hill
It should be noted here (for the sake of full disclosure) that Music Street Journal writer John Pierpoint plays bass in this band.

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Nirvana (UK) - Local Anaesthetic: Remastered & Expanded Edition
Review by Gary Hill
Long before Kurt Cobain and company formed a band called "Nirvana," there was a British act releasing music under that name.

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Nirvana (UK) - Songs of Love and Paradise Remastered & Expanded Edition
Review by Gary Hill
Here's a history lesson for you. Would you be shocked to learn that Kurt Cobain and his crew were not the first band to release albums under the name "Nirvana?"

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Robert Nix - Once in a Blue Moon
Review by Gary Hill
I’ve put this under “progressive rock.” Is it traditional prog?

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Noise Ratio - Songs on Fire
Review by Gary Hill

Perhaps this isn't progressive rock. It is clearly art rock, though. This is electronic music.


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Thomas Nordland - Divide Avenue
Review by Gary Hill
This is an instrumental album. It’s also mostly fusion, but there are other elements at play, too.

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Erik Norlander - Into the Sunset
Review by Gary Hill
This solo release from Rocket Scientist Erik Norlander is a very strong CD. He enlists the aid of quite a few of his friends to pull the disc together, and the result a very solid prog CD with some metallic elements.
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Erik Norlander - Stars Rain Down
Review by Gary Hill
On his new live album, Erik Norlander presents his excellent blending of progressive rock stylings with those of harder edged material like Deep Purple.
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Erik Norlander - Music Machine
Review by Gary Hill
n Music Machine Erik Norlander has created the newest rock opera. His story tells the tale of the first manufactured rock idol, hence the name "Music Machine".
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Erik Norlander - Seas of Orion
Review by Gary Hill
I have to say that I really like Erik Norlander. He is an incredibly talented musician, producer and songwriter.
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Erik Norlander - Surreal
Review by Gary Hill
I’ve always loved Erik Norlander’s music. His sonic style lands in modern prog territory in some ways, but more than anything it’s rooted in the classic progressive rock of the 1970s.

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Nosound - Afterthoughts
Review by Gary Hill
I really like everything here. The power and majesty of these songs is great.

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Not a Good Sign - From a Distance
Review by Gary Hill
Italians are known for a lot of things.

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Nox Arcana - Necronomicon
Review by Gary Hill
This disc is certainly different from any other progressive rock CD. Indeed the band might not even consider it to be such, and I'm not completely sure it is, but it really feels like prog in many ways.
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Nox Arcana - Legion of Shadows
Review by Gary Hill
To a large degree you know what you will get with a Nox Arcana album.

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Nox Arcana - Season of the Witch
Review by Gary Hill

Nox Arcana always delivers. The brain-child of Joseph Vargo, this outfit produces a gothic, electronic sound that is creepy enough for Halloween events.


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Oz Noy - Ha!
Review by Gary Hill
Progressive rock is an unusual beast, difficult at times to put a collar onto. It crosses and shares lines with several other styles, including jam band music.
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