Exposé Online banner

Lee Abraham — Black & White
(Festival 200905, 2009, CD)

by Paul Hightower, Published 2011-06-01

Black & White Cover art

On this album Lee Abraham is treading a similar path as countryman Steve Thorne (see Roundtables, this issue), though overall these songs have a stronger metal quality to them, especially in the guitars. The music likewise has a certain amount of instant likeability, perhaps best exemplified by the poppy chorus of “Celebrity Status,” though as a songwriter I’d give the nod to Thorne. The album benefits from crystal clear modern production (courtesy of Karl Groom), but at the end of the day its relative success for the listener will come down to the songs. Most eschew complexity in the arrangements in favor of a straightforward approach to verse-chorus structures, though with enough instrumental and sonic development that fans of British prog groups like DeeExpus and Jadis should find much here to enjoy. Abraham shines as a multi-instrumentalist, capably covering guitars, keyboards, and bass, though he’s enlisted the aid of John Mitchell (guitar), Dean Baker (piano), and Gerald Mulligan (drums) to give the songs some additional instrumental polish. Vocals are split between Sean Filkins (Big Big Train), Simon Godfrey (Tinyfish), and Gary Chandler (Jadis), and here is where the album is most conventional. Parts of the music hint at Pink Floyd, with the proggiest moments reserved for the closing epic, “White.” Here Abraham alternates between NWOBM metal grind and Genesis’ 80s melodic tunefulness. It’s not a sound I’d guarantee every Exposé reader to enjoy, but Abraham should be proud of the effort and the results.


Filed under: New releases, Issue 39, 2009 releases

Related artist(s): Steve Thorne, Lee Abraham

Latest news

2017-07-27
Yestival Dates Beef up the Beat – Word reaches us that Dylan Howe (son of guitarist Steve Howe) will be joining Yes on their "Yestival" tour, drumming alongside longtime band member Alan White. » Read more

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


Previously in Exposé...

Groovector - Darklubing at Tavastia – From time to time I see a band criticized for not realizing what their own strengths are, for moving out of the area where they shine. I’m wary of that kind of reasoning, as it should be the...  (2005) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues