T2
It'll All Work Out in Boomland


4.5
superb

Review

by TheSpaceMan USER (16 Reviews)
January 5th, 2014 | 23 replies


Release Date: 1970 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Welcome to Boomland

Synesthesia: a neurological condition in which stimulation of one sensory or cognitive pathway leads to automatic, involuntary experiences in a second sensory or cognitive pathway (ripped from Wikipedia). This seems to be a scientifically inflated explanation of a very simple phenomenon we are all well aware of: music can take you places. Perceiving a song often times results in the use of more than just your auditory sense. Commonly influenced by the album’s artwork, the worlds you are transported to are clearly in front of you as physical paintings made by the artist. Each and every note constructs a sprawling vista and location for the listener to retreat to; to stay for a while if only to explore the unknown. Each and every album you hear carves a niche for itself, and will almost always remain its base shape and form while expanding its details through repeated listens.

I’m here to tell you the tales of a strange land… one filled with whimsical wonder and exploration. Here is a kind of place we all strive to find in our pursuits of music: a progressive gem that seemed to have been lost in the sands of time. Boomland, as it is called, was pioneered by T2 in 1970, a band who never truly garnered the recognition they deserved. This band set off to chart a land new to the world as we know. Drummer Peter Dunton offers his guidance with his soft and controlled singing. He knows his limits well, being able to craft melodies and harmonies perfectly suited for what he is capable of. Providing these harmonies are the remaining duo of bandmates. They are tasked with building the scenery of Boomland using their unquestionable proficiency at their instruments. Opener In Circles is the perfect first glimpse of what they have created. The endless psychedelic fields of tall grass blow in the thunder of rampaging guitar, with moments of breathing room where all falls still. Midway through song the listener arrives at an alien forest covered in foliage that defies reality, signified by the band’s descent into a jazzy spiral, only to stumble back out into the surrounding open fields found in the beginning.

Boomland is filled with adventure, continuously satisfying its beckoned tourists. Some may find peace with the calming J.L.T. sunset while enjoying its beautiful serenades. A warm inn offers drinks nearby, and a piano melody floats merrily in the breeze. The hospitality of it all feels more like home then the one you chose to vacation from. Yet others may opt to spend their time amongst the jarring cliff-riffs of No More White Horses. Here, bridges (and verses) stretch between the intense and rough rapids below. The guitar constructs chiseled walls, extruding from each direction. Wondrous solos paint crystalline formations so awesome, you are reminded why you chose to trek through this hellish landscape in the first place. Yet Boomland continues to promise hospitality. Woven carefully amongst these dangerous cliffs and rapids are warm and inviting rest homes; the chorus is powerful and catchy enough to give you the much sought relief as you continue on the treacherous journey.

A long stay will be well rewarded. Boomland is home to a spectacle of brilliance which has drawn many a repeated visit: Morning. Truly the sunrise of Boomland is something else, beginning with the soft pillow of sleep amongst the land. Everything seems to be at peace in the dark haze of the end of a night’s rest. Suddenly a brilliant ray of light begins to poke past the distant mountains and trees, signified by the song’s first drum fill. The band slowly picks up power and momentum as the sun begins to climb over the horizon. The clouds formed by the swirling guitar licks transform a colorful pink and orange, blending a surreal-yet-natural light display above it all. And as the mighty sun reveals itself entirely, a crescendo of instrumentation proves that this can be seldom seen anywhere else. It proves that Boomland is a land untouched by commonality and one that is embraced by our wildest imaginations. No matter what you are searching for in your pursuit of music, this album promises it’ll all work out in the paradise of Boomland.



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TheSpaceMan
January 5th 2014


2333 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Album definitely needed a review, but I struggled to put into words what I wanted to say about it. So I decided to try something new with metaphors and whatnot.
Not the happiest with how it turned out (basically became a loose track by track), but I came over my writers block. Feedback is appreciated!

Album is fucking fantastic, definitely check it out if your a 70s prog fan

JamieTwort
Contributing Reviewer
January 5th 2014


20645 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Omg, best album ever.

Will read the review later but gonna pos now simply because you reviewed T2.

Digging: Townes Van Zandt - Townes Van Zandt

MeatSalad
January 5th 2014


14528 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

Best album

Mad.
January 5th 2014


3809 Comments


Damnit you are SUCH a good writer, that first paragraph is perfect and exactly how musi makes me feel. Pos'd hard

I've seen the Sputnik proggers talking about this one before but I might have to check now, glad it got reviewed.

ResidentNihilist
January 5th 2014


1033 Comments


Damnit was going to review this sometime. All that aside tis a good review but it does come off as too heavy handed sometimes.

Friday13th
January 5th 2014


2426 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

So much good obscure prog.

Digging: Manfred Mann's Earth Band - Solar Fire

TheSpaceMan
January 5th 2014


2333 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

thanks guys for the feedback and pos's, album is indeed a prog wet dream

@Jamie and Meat funny you guys commented so quickly cause you both recommended this to me ages ago on some random list, glad you did cause I've been jamming it ever since

@Mad haha thanks man I really appreciate that! its really cool how music paints such vivid imagery like that. I know your tastes pretty well and I'm sure you'd love this as much as I do

MeatSalad
January 5th 2014


14528 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

glad you digged it man.

WeepingBanana
January 5th 2014


10138 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Morning is a masterpiece

Mongi123
Contributing Reviewer
January 6th 2014


10199 Comments


Fantastic review man. Certainly doesn't read like you had trouble putting it into words.

TheSpaceMan
January 6th 2014


2333 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

thanks bro I just had a hard time trying to get across how great this album really is, which is why I just ended up paraphrasing what the album sounds like to me. Kinda just let the record speak for itself



manosg
January 6th 2014


6070 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Glad to see this one reviewed, props for that. Album's awesome and your review is great so pos.

Digging: Saviour Machine - Saviour Machine I

Iamthe Nightstars
January 6th 2014


2247 Comments


I like the band name.

Digging: Few And Far Between - Three

KILL
January 6th 2014


71750 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

so good wow

Digging: Invisible - El jardin de los presentes

CaptainDooRight
January 6th 2014


29130 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

sweet album, pos'd

Digging: Kangding Ray - Solens Arc

spookynewghostfriend
February 4th 2014


3575 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

been sitting in my d/l folder for about seven months now \m/

MeatSalad
February 7th 2014


14528 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

listen to it friend

spookynewghostfriend
May 3rd 2014


3575 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

i have now =}

MeatSalad
May 3rd 2014


14528 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

your opinions on the first 2 tracks hurt my feelings deeply

spookynewghostfriend
May 3rd 2014


3575 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

idk i need to spin a couple more times ive only heard it twice, no more white horses is the bomb though



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