Exposé Online banner

The Neil Campbell Collective — Particle Theory
((Not on label) NCCD005, 2008, CD)

by Henry Schneider, Published 2008-10-01

Particle Theory Cover art

Neil Campbell is a talented composer, virtuoso classical guitarist, and multi-instrumentalist (acoustic and electric guitars, keyboards, synths, glockenspiel, and harmonic vocals). Particle Theory is Neil’s second release and it is a collection of eight songs and varying styles that flow seamlessly from the first to the last, so rather than eight separate songs, it is one long piece with eight different movements. Using a handful of themes Neil layers and arranges them in a wide variety of musical contexts from energetic neo-progressive to jazz to quiet ambient music. Joining Neil on Particle Theory are some of Liverpool’s best musicians: cellist Nicole Collarbone; percussionist Mark Brocklesby; vocalists Anne Taft, Victoria Melia, and Jeff Jepson; bass guitarists Dan Owens and Liam Carey; Celtic Harpist Stan Ambrose; and Alex Welford on horns and horn arrangements. It is difficult to single out specific tracks as even within a song there are different moods and themes that hearken back to earlier tracks. In the opening track, “Particle Theory,” there is an acoustic guitar passage that sounds quite a bit like “Cousin Kevin” from The Who’s rock opera Tommy. At other moments on this disc Neil’s guitar playing reminds me of a subdued Alain Markusfeld. Then there are his stellar piano solos with the addition of male and female vocals. Despite its title, which could lead you to expect an academic approach to music, Particle Theory delivers on several levels and is sure to please any Exposé reader.


Filed under: New releases, Issue 36, 2008 releases

Related artist(s): Neil Campbell

More info
http://www.myspace.com/theneilcampbellcollective

Latest news

2017-02-20
Larry Coryell RIP – One of the greats of jazz guitar has left us at the age of 73. Larry Coryell was one of the founding figures of jazz fusion, but produced a significant body of work the bridged many styles. His group Eleventh House provided a unique take on the combination of jazz and rock that was distinct from contemporaries such as Mahavishnu Orchestra, Return to Forever, and Weather Report. » Read more

2017-01-31
John Wetton RIP – After a long battle with colon cancer, singer and bassist John Wetton has died at the age of 67. As an integral member of such bands as King Crimson, UK, and Asia, his was one of the distinctive voices in progressive rock, lending a human touch to often difficult music. » Read more

2017-01-30
Seaprog Announces First Artists for 2017 – The organizers of the Seaprog Festival in Seattle have announced the first set of confirmed performers for the 2017 festival. The best known names are Cabezas de Cera and Jack o' the Clock, but a host of other bands are featured, mostly from the Northwest. The festival will take place June 2-4, 2017. » Read more

2017-01-27
Acoustic Festival of Britain 2017 Announces Eclectic Lineup – The Acoustic Festival of Britain has been going since 2006, and this year's event sees a number of outstanding artists on the bill. Fairport Convention, Tir na nOg, and Martin Turner are some of the artists we've covered, and there are many more, including The Men They Couldn't Hang, Howard Jones, Chantel McGregor, and many more. The festival runs June 2-4, 2017 at Uttoxeter Racecourse in Staffordshire. » Read more

2017-01-26
Butch Trucks RIP – Butch Trucks was one of two drummers in the first incarnation of the Allman Brothers Band in 1969, helping the band achieve its legendary status as an American original. He died on January 24, 2017 of a self-inflicted gunshot would. He was 69. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Acid Mothers Temple +/- Guru Guru - Crystal Rainbow Pyramid & Psychedelicnavigator – Here we have a brand spanking new full length album from Acid Mothers Temple featuring their recent addition of female vocalist Kitagawa Hao. AMT front man Kawabata Makoto claims, half-jokingly, that...  (2008) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues