NewEARS Album Of The Month"As frontman and chief songwriter with Norwegian prog kings, Leprous, Einar Solberg is forging his own creative path as a solo artist with the release of 16 on Inside Out Music. His powerful and distinctive voice, with the addition of a collaborative effort from an impressive array of like-minded musicians helping him achieve this extremely ambitious album, reaches for the dizzying heights of modern progressive innovation.
Einar Solberg - 16
Wildly diverse but spiritually rooted in Einar's well established world, 16 is an album full of peaks and valleys, big surprises and direction that borders on the musical soundscape already set by Leprous and mixes it with the modern active experimentation of numerous styles"
"At times vibrant and alive and other times dark and moody, musically 16, covers everything from pop, folk, electronic music, funk, hip hop, prog rock, and metal with the use of live musicians, programming, songwriters, and composers. Guitars, strings, synths, choirs, and samples all mixed with Einar's emotional and dynamic vocals keeps everything as a kaleidoscope of musical ideas spinning in nearly every direction." RF-ME
"While it's hard to say whether this album is more accessible than Leprous's most recent studio offerings, it's clear that '16' is just as engrossing as Aphelion and Pitfalls. It shows that Solberg can work outside the comforts of his band and make compelling music that doesn't just feel like a watered-down version of his previous works. Needless to say, we look forward to whatever the future holds for Solberg, whether he continues down the path of a solo artist, or as a member of Leprous." CH-TPR
Essential Track: "'16' concludes with the gargantuan "The Glass Is Empty", which feels representative of all the strengths at work on the record. Musically, it's just as dense and layered as everything else on '16' given the use of strings, horns, synths, and guitar. It's breathtaking in its beauty, especially as it builds toward the conclusion. " CH-TPR
Read the full reviews on Metal Epidemic and The Prog Report.
Listen and watch the videos on Einar's YouTube Channel.
Buy the Album from InsideOut Music or wherever great Prog music is sold.
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Martin will be bringing a brand new show A Brief History of Tull on the road across the USA in 2023! Joining him on stage will be the formidable Dan Crisp on vocal and guitar, Alan Thomson on bass and Darby Todd on percussion and drums.
Martin Barre has been the guitarist of Jethro Tull for 43 years, his sound and playing having been a major factor in their success. Album sales have exceeded 60 million units and they continue to be played worldwide, representing an important part of classic rock history.
Martin's guitar playing has earned him a high level of respect and recognition; he was voted 25th best solo ever in the USA and 20th best solo ever in the UK for his playing on "Aqualung". His playing on the album "Crest of a Knave" earned him a Grammy award in 1988.
As well as numerous Jethro Tull albums, Martin has worked with many other artists including Paul McCartney, Phil Collins, Gary Moore, Jo Bonamassa and Chris Thompson and has shared a stage with such legends as Hendrix, Fleetwood Mac, Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin.
Latest New England Prog News
Coming to New England November 10th (CT), 13th (NH), and 15th (MA)
ProgStock Festival 2023 will take place October 6 - 8, 2023 in its new home at the Williams Center in Rutherford, NJ.
The following artists have already been announced, with a few more announcements to come:
Dave Bainbridge & Sally Minnear
Dave Kerzner, with a new album, full band, and audiovisual experience
Matt Dorsey, with a full band
The Mahavishnu Project
Ticket sales will start on Saturday, June 3rd at 12:00PM US Eastern time with our ProgDucer passes.
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