Exposé Online banner

Mystery — Theatre of the Mind
(Unicorn Digital UNCR 2020, 1996/1998, CD)

by Peter Thelen, Published 1997-02-01

Theatre of the Mind Cover art

Straddling the line between mainstream rock and a more progressive angle, this excellent six-piece from Lorraine, Quebec covers an area that is covered often but rarely done so well. This is not neo-prog, but instead more of a (gasp) commercial late-70s / early-80s rock sound, a very honest approach which frequently crosses into progressive territory in a very natural way, not forced or by imitation. Certainly these guys could appeal to folks inside the prog-house who can appreciate the fine musicianship, or to folks outside the prog camp looking for compositions with a more directed approach and sense of purpose. Mystery's style is in a similar league as early Saga, early Perry-era Journey, or even Asia at their outset, yet one will find the musicianship and mastery of this style very advanced here. At first listen, lead vocalist Gary Savoie does bear some similarities to Steve Perry, and not being a big fan of Journey, that served as a minor annoyance for the first few plays, but the band's better side quickly steps through and reveals itself. The keyboards and dual guitars provide the rich backdrop on which Savoie paints his melodic stories. Guest musicians on flute, violin, saxes, and additional keys add variety to their basic sound. The rhythm section gets the job done, but rarely draws an excess of attention to itself. If the descriptions and comparisons so far have piqued the interest, then this one is definitely worthy of your attention.


Filed under: Reissues, Issue 11, 1998 releases, 1996 recordings

Related artist(s): Mystery

Latest news

2020-09-09
Simeon Coxe RIP – Simeon Coxe, best known for his experimental electronics in the band Silver Apples, has died at the age of 82. The band's 1968 debut album set the stage for both German electronic music and experimental punk music a decade later. Coxe died on September 8 from pulmonary fibrosis. » Read more

2020-09-05
Gary Peacock RIP – Legendary bassist Gary Peacock, veteran of many recordings and performances with Paul Bley, George Russell, Roland Kirk, Bill Evans, Tony Williams, and many more. » Read more

2020-07-22
Tim Smith RIP – Tim Smith, leader of the eccentric band Cardiacs, has died at the age of 59 after many years of health problems. Cardiacs was known for intense and complicated music that combined punk energy with the rhythmic and harmonic sophistication of progressive rock. » Read more

2020-07-12
Judy Dyble RIP – Singer-songwriter Judy Dyble, who was a founding member of Fairport Convention and one of the distinctive voices of the 60s folk revival in Britain, has died at the age of 71. Her passing came at the end of a long illness, though which she continued to work. » Read more

2020-07-06
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


Previously in Exposé...

Five-O-One AM - 21st Century Dream – Somewhere between Marillion (Season's End) and the SI label bands Lies Five-O-One AM. That is, song oriented pop with elements of prog. Combine that with WMMS's reputation and Five-O-One AM...  (1999) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues