There was a time, not so long ago that The Reasoning and Touchstone were at the vanguard of a new wave of hard rockers with female vocalists and a soft proggie underbelly.
But somehow that impetus seems to have been lost over the last 18 months or so, and The Reasoning have been through internal trials and tribulations that put a question mark over the band’s future.
But they’ve re-grouped and their fourth album Adventure In Neverland sees them pick up where their previous album Adverse Camber (2010) left off. All their signature notes are present and correct – rocky riffs, driving beats, luscious vocals, tantalising melodies and some soaring guitar work.
If there’s a complaint, it’s that there’s not much sign of progression and it’s a very much a case of ‘if it ain’t broken, don’t fix it’. It’s an accusation that could be levelled at most bands in the new prog genre – very few, Marillion aside, seem comfortable exploring beyond the boundaries of their established sound.
Although on the epic, and stand out, title track The Reasoning do however push themselves into Floyd-like territory in an excursion that hopefully signals a future direction of travel.
Review by Pete Whalley
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