Cliffhanger — Cold Steel
(SI Music SI3070-2, 1995, CD)
by Peter Thelen, Published 1996-03-01
It's been a while since we've heard from SI Music, the Dutch label whose main thrust seems to range from decent neo-progressive bands on one end, to a very mainstream sounding rock on the other. Cliffhanger is of the decent neo-progressive category, a Dutch four-piece of guitar / keys / bass / drums, with the guitarist doubling on vocals (generally a good sign from the getgo). Their sound covers plenty of territory, but is most interesting whenever the band gets busy in the instrumental mode, their flights are spirited and generally unpredictable. As with most music of this type, a big influence is mid-period Genesis, evident here on many tracks, but especially in the keyboards – yet Cliffhanger fuses enough originality into their music to keep it interesting over the long haul. Especially of interest are the opener, "Vessels," and the sidelong "Bad Dreams." Of course – as always there are a couple of shorter tracks that seem tailored to the least adventurous, but ignoring those, this might be the best neo disc SI has done since Citizen Cain's Somewhere But Yesterday.
Related artist(s): Cliffhanger
Ennio Morricone RIP – Famed composer Ennio Morricone has died at the age of 91. The creator of scores for more than 500 movies, some of his works have become the most recognizable sounds in the history of cinema. His soundtracks for Sergio Leone's Westerns made from 1964 to 1971, are iconic landmarks in film music, but he also composed for dramas, comedies, and other genres. He won the Academy Award for Best Original Score in 2016 for The Hateful Eight. » Read more
Keith Tippett RIP – One of the giants of British jazz has left us. Keith Graham Tippetts, known professionally as Keith Tippett, died today at the age of 72. His work from the late 60s into the 70s and beyond includes some of the greatest jazz produced in the UK, and stands as an impressive oevre to this day. » Read more
Phil May of The Pretty Things RIP – We were saddened to learn that Phil May, lead singer and founding member of The Pretty Things, has died at the age of 75. The band's 1968 album S.F. Sorrow is one of the enduring classics of the psychedelic era, and the group existed in various forms until finally retiring in 2018. » Read more