Friday, September 25, 2015

The Home Guard "Nature versus Nurture versus Nietzsche"

Country: UK
Genre(s)Progressive Rock
FormatCD, digital
Release dateSeptember 25, 2015
1. Pistols at Dawn - 13:58
2. Life Goes On - 10:42
3. Divide and Rule - 10:47
4. Somewhere Out There - 12:59

Dan: Vocals, guitar, percussion
Chris: Guitar, bass, keyboards

Nature versus Nurture versus Nietzsche is an album equally influenced by symphonic prog and indie rock, suitable for fans of Yes, Genesis and Pink Floyd every bit as much as for fans of Muse, Blur and The Smiths. Grandiose yet accessible, unconventional while also familiar, it’s a collection of four separate mini-operas, each one having its own multiple movements, but all sharing a lyrical storyline that runs throughout. Despite having such a gloriously pretentious side to it, there also exists a sense of fun and immediacy not often found in the genre.
Pistols at Dawn
After a slow atmospheric build-up reminiscent of Shine On You Crazy Diamond, the track erupts into a playful yet powerful Jethro Tull-style riff. At various points you'll notice improbable nods to Ravel’s Boléro, Abba’s Dancing Queen, and the works of Wendy Carlos, all combining to set the tone of eccentricity that follows.
Life Goes On
A booming church organ intro is followed by an acoustic folk verse and a reggae-inspired chorus – but that’s not as bizarre as the piece gets. Around the three-minute mark, things take a darker turn and the track descends into a journey of Mellotron string quartets and electronica, all before rebounding back into a bright and breezy Madness-style close.
Divide and Rule
The rocker of the album, but with Indian instrumentation and an upbeat dancey section in the middle and at the end. Just about as commercially accessible as a 10-and-a-half minute song with a faux Eastern feel could possibly be, but still in keeping with what’s gone before.
Somewhere Out There
A prog power ballad that sounds not unlike Rick Wakeman gatecrashing a Queen recording session in the court of the Crimson King. Going through blues, classical, and funk rock sections, this album-closing epic provides Nature versus Nurture versus Nietzsche with the satisfying climax it deserves.

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