Album Reviews

Half Past Four – Rabbit In The Vestibule

Released By: Self Released OUT NOW!!

Style: Prog Rock/Art Rock

Links: http://www.myspace.com/halfpast4

Tracklist

1. Missing Sevenths

2. Johnny

3. Poisoned Tune

4. Southern Boogie

5. Twelve Little Words

6. Underwater

7. Lullaby

8. Strangest Dream

9. Biel

10. Dwayne

11. Salome

12. Bamboo

13. Rabbit

The first word that comes into my mind when I think about the new album from HALF PAST FOUR is “ODD”. The album as a whole is a very eclectic mix of influences, wrapped up into a progressive/Experimental rock/pop sound.

The closest comparison I could come up with was something along the lines of the B-52’s, mixed with some SPOCK’S BEARD and covered in a layer of oddness that can only be compared to somebody like FRANK ZAPPA. Obviously, with influences like this, RABBIT IN THE VESTIBULE is no for everyone, and if you like your music cohesive and catchy this is one album that will leave you scratching your head for days.

For those that do like discovering something quirky and different though, well you’re in for a treat, as I haven’t heard anything quite as out there for the last few years, and HALF PAST FOUR may as well be the band to fill the void left in the music scene by guys like ZAPPA and CAPTAIN BEEFHEART.

Musically the album is almost flawless, and vocally it’s a case of mostly great, but sometimes a little hard to listen to. Opening number MISSING SEVENTHS gives you a good idea on what’s to come and sees vocalist KYREE sounding a little bit like KATE BUSH. I also enjoyed the two instrumental tracks that really showed the color and class that oozes out of the members of this band.

It took me a while to really get into this album, because it takes quite a few listens until things get stuck in your head, but eventually it started gelling in my head and I found myself quite satisfied with what I was hearing. Definitely not for everyone, but a great effort from a band with a bright future.

Written by Zeezee

Ratings Zeezee  7/10

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