Exposé Online banner

Cage — Secret Passage
(Musea FGBG-4785, 2008, CD)

by Jon Davis, Published 2011-06-01

Secret Passage Cover art

There’s nothing new about a progressive rock band sounding a bit like classic Genesis, and unless you have a categorical dislike of bands that sound a bit like classic Genesis, Cage has a lot to offer. I will admit to a great love of that particular aspect of the early 70s and a hefty skepticism of bands that emulate the sound, not because I think the music is sacred but because such wonderful music is hard to do well. The musicians have to have the technical ability to play the parts, though to be honest, Hackett, Banks and company were not flashy virtuosos; their recordings stand out due to the quality of the writing and arranging, and that’s where most imitators and emulators fall short. A crummy song done in the style of Foxtrot is still a crummy song. When you start up Secret Passage, you know immediately where they’re coming from (aside from Italy): a massive love of Genesis. I just can’t imagine this music coming from any other background. Fortunately, they pull it off. The writing and arranging are of high caliber. And while the lead vocals have a slightly scratchy quality very much like the young Peter Gabriel, each of the players doesn’t sound like a slavish copyist. Sure, there are arpeggios on the keyboards, but the solos don’t really sound like Tony Banks; even more so with the guitar, which by itself is not especially Hackett-ish. All in all, this is a fine entry into the classic prog field.


Filed under: New releases, Issue 39, 2008 releases

Related artist(s): Cage

Latest news

2017-05-19
First ProgStock Festival Set for October – October 2017 will see the inaugural edition of a festival called ProgStock in Rahway, New Jersey at the Union County Performing Arts Center. With a definite slant towards neo-progressive music, the event is sure to please many fans with the inclusion of such artists as Echolyn, Glass Hammer, and Aisles. The festival will take place October 13-15. » Read more

2017-05-05
Clive Brooks RIP – Word reaches us today of another sad passing in the music world. Drummer Clive Brooks, best known as a member of such Canterbury bands as Egg, Uriel / Arzachel, and Groundhogs, has died at the age of 67. Details are sketchy at this point. The news was reported on Nick Mason's Facebook page — Brooks was Mason's drum tech. » Read more

2017-05-02
Col. Bruce Hampton RIP – The phrase "He died doing what he loved" is almost a cliche, but in the case of Col. Bruce Hampton, it couldn't be more true. Hampton, who was born Gustav Berglund III, collapsed on stage at his own 70th birthday celebration and later passed away. The event took place at the Fox Theater in Atlanta. » Read more

2017-04-16
ProgDay 2017 Announces First Bands – Flor de Loto, Sonar, and Infinien are the first three performers to be announced for the 2017 edition of the long-running ProgDay Festival. The 23rd ProgDay takes place Saturday and Sunday, September 2nd and 3rd, at Storybook Farm in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. » Read more

2017-04-16
Allan Holdsworth RIP – Surely in the list of artists who have contributed to the sound of modern music, there is a special spot for guitarist Allan Holdsworth. His name is known to virtually every student of the instrument in jazz and rock, and his style has been so widely emulated that it's hardly worth mentioning anymore — we can just assume that every guitarist has Holdsworth as an influence. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Sebkha Chott - Nagah Mahdi - Opuscrits en 48 Rouleaux – This is one truly off-the-wall release. Sebkha Chott is a collection of eight French musicians with strange pseudonyms. The digipack and liner notes are extremely difficult to decipher because of tiny...  (2007) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues