Indrek Patte — Thank and Share
(Strangiato Records 2006.2, 2014, CD)
by Peter Thelen, Published 2015-03-22Several years ago we reviewed this Estonian composer and multi-instrumentalist’s debut Celebration, an impressive album borne within the boundaries of classic progressive rock styles. Now, several years later, the follow-up Thank and Share shows growth and maturity as Patte finds his own compositional footing, far less derivative and more sure-footed all around. This is still very much in the classic prog mode vein of Genesis, Yes, Supertramp, etc. and contemporaries of that sound, like Neal Morse era Spocks Beard, Flower Kings, and others. While Patte plays a number of instruments himself (all keyboards, acoustic and 12-string guitars, mandolin, drum programming, and all lead and backing vocals), he’s brought in a number of other top notch musicians to cover electric guitars, bass, violin, flute, cello, recorder, classical and 12-string guitar throughout track-by-track as needed, as well as live drums and percussion on a few of the eight cuts. Patte’s voice is vaguely reminiscent of Kim Beacon (mid-70s String Driven Thing and Tony Banks’ Curious Feeling) with a slightly rougher feel, and it certainly works well on these tracks, and he uses vocal effects judiciously to mix things up a little, for example on “The Servant Soul.” It seems he may have some uncredited backing singers on the closing opus "Share," easily one of the album's strongest cuts. As before, Patte’s lyrics are certainly Christian themed, but never preachy or tedious, opting for a more referentially cosmic and introspective approach. Fans of the classic progressive rock sound will find plenty here to enjoy.
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