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Prog For Those Who Don't Like Prog

While there has been a bit of a small prog resurgence on Sput the past few years, there are many listeners who still stay away from the genre as a whole. For many, prog is simply too inaccessible: too drawn out, needlessly complex, and often lacking hooks or anything to make a song catchy which is intentional for many prog artists. But there are also many prog bands and albums that are fun to listen to or easy to enjoy for one reason or another. So this list is for those of you who might want to dip your toesies into progsies without going off the deep end.
1Fair to Midland
Fables From a Mayfly: What I Tell You Three Times is True

This and Arrows & Anchors are pretty much sputcore standards. On paper they'll sound like some very well crafted alt rock with one of the most unique vocalists of their day, but only by listening to them will you see they are so much more.
2Devin Townsend Project

A lot of Townsend's various works are actually a lot more accessible then what one might think, but this album in particular is centered around a more power pop driven sound.
3Anneke van Giersbergen
Everything Is Changing

Easily regarded as one of the best vocalists in prog these days, Giersbergen's solo works have always given me the vibe that she just wants to have fun with some hook driven pop rock.
4Kate Bush
Hounds of Love

She can do no wrong it seems. Pure and simple
The Bell

Some beautiful vocals, brilliant keyboardist, a small orchestra, and an average run time of 3-4 minutes per song, this band makes some of the most wonderful and accessible prog this decade
6Blue October
Any Man in America

Remember that emo jam "Hate Me" from 2006? Did you know that those guys made 9 albums? And for the most part they're pretty damn good; Any Man in America is an emotional trip full of stylistic blends that you just don't hear very often anymore, at least not nearly as seamless as Blue October does it.
Catch Without Arms

While El Cielo is widely considered the better album with a more layered and atmospheric approach, Catch Without Arms is more hook driven with some amazing choruses. If you haven't heard these guys, I'd start here.
8Poets of the Fall
Jealous Gods

It may be a bit of a stretch to call them prog, but most of work definitely has some prog tendencies within. No matter what style they are going for they always have this unique theatrical twist to the music which always makes them stand out from the crowd of pop rock
9The Dear Hunter
Act III: Life and Death

I lack the ability to describe how good this band can be. Just pick an act and jump in.
Pilots of a New Sky

For those of you wanting to listen to a little more Fair to Midland, maybe Sinew can fill the void for just a little bit.

Wish your favorite 2000s emo bands were just a tad more pretentious? Try Incura.
12Einar Stray Orchestra
Dear Bigotry

Again, not quite "prog". But they have a much fuller and more dynamic orchestration than a lot of indie bands around, pair this with a vocal styling reminiscent of Monsters & Men makes this one of my favorite albums the past few years
13Rx Bandits
...And the Battle Begun

Who doesn't like ska???
14Pure Reason Revolution
The Dark Third
Rhythm, Chord & Melody

Imagine Coldplay at their peak with more technical instrumentals, but that doesn't really do this band justice.
17Birds Of Tokyo
I'm a UFO in This City
Deadly Scenes
20Moon Tooth
21Agent Fresco
Applause of a Distant Crowd
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