Exposé Online banner

Cyan — Pictures from the Other Side
(SI Music SIMPLY 54, 1994, CD)

by Peter Thelen, Published 1994-10-01

Pictures from the Other Side Cover art

Take two moderately decent, although thoroughly modern sounding 10+ minute rock opuses, and sandwich a bunch of mediocre-at-best pop tracks between them, and you come up with something like this latest disc by the British two-piece Cyan — Robert Reed playing all instruments, and Nigel Voyle on lead vocals. Now I've never heard the debut CD, 1993's For King and Country, but am told that it was essentially Reed's one man project — the only remaining member of the original five-piece band that had recorded the original demos four years earlier. One would therefore think that in a search for a dedicated vocalist, Reed would find someone with an original style and power. Unfortunately, Voyle has neither, his thoroughly derivative wannabe Saga styled delivery rarely gets more than a few steps above annoying. Musically, there isn't anything between the first and last track that transcends ordinary pop, occasionally wrapped in some artificial neo-progressive textures, but otherwise vapid. The two longer tracks — "The Guardians" at twelve minutes, and "Nosferatu" at fourteen, are a little more interesting due to the musical development and limited amount of vocals, some very nice moments indeed — but these still have more than their share of trite unoriginalisms. Still, from these tracks, the evidence is there that Reed aka Cyan could craft a good album if he wanted to. The problem is that he hasn't. So the question becomes "Why?" There is so much good music — even neo-prog — out there that is so much better, why even bother with mediocre stuff like this?


Filed under: New releases, Issue 5, 1994 releases

Related artist(s): Rob Reed, Cyan

Latest news

2019-03-25
Scott Walker RIP – Noel Scott Engel, better known as Scott Walker, was one of the most intriguing and enigmatic musical figures in the second half of the 20th Century. His strange career started with The Walker Brothers, an American pop group that featured no one named Walker and no brothers. After moving to England in 1965, they had a series of hit singles. Scott's solo work started with Scott in 1967. Starting in the 80s, his work took an increasingly avant-garde turn. » Read more

2019-03-20
Freedom to Spend Unearths June Chikuma's Archives – Jun (June) Chikuma is well known for her video game and anime soundtracks, but she also released an album of experimental electronic music back in 1986 called Divertimento where she indulged the kind of spontaneity that wouldn't work in a soundtrack. RVNG Int'l label Freedom to Spend is bringing this overlooked item to broader attention with a deluxe reissue. » Read more

2019-03-03
Seaprog 2019 Lineup Almost Complete – The Seaprog festival in Seattle is scheduled for June 7-9 this year, and they've announced their lineup of performers. The revitalized Trettioåriga Kriget will cap Friday night, perennial favorites Marbin are on Saturday, and District 97 will finish off the fest on Sunday night. In support, they've booked a stellar variety of artists from the Northwest and around the world, including EchoTest, Markus Reuter and Trey Gunn, and the live debut of the amazing Troot project. » Read more

2019-02-21
You Can Be Part of an Ambient Electronic Project – The Gesture of History is a new electronic project put together by Sam Rosenthal of Black Tape for a Blue Girl, Steve Roach, and violist Sam Shadow. The music started as an instrumental track Rosenthal was working on for a Black Tape album, but took on a life of its own and demanded further enhancements. The majority of the funds raised will go to manufacturing costs for LP and CD editions, as well as other items as detailed on the Kickstarter page. » Read more

2019-01-31
Keyboardist Ingo Bischof R.I.P. – Keyboard player Ingo Bischof, best known as the longtime keyboard player of German band Kraan, passed away on January 29th, 2019. Bischof was born January 2, 1951 in Berlin-Kreuzberg and joined Kraan in 1975. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

John Curtis - Short Songs about Affordable Food – An interesting concept — and a successful one too, that certainly lives up to its title. There are 43 songs here, and only a handful break the minute-and-a-half mark. Some are instrumentals, but...  (2008) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues