With their debut CD "Halfway Home" the English quintet DeeExpus achieved their first success four years ago. The band goes even more ambitious on "King Of Number 33". She got Marillion keyboarder Mark Kelly on board, who is allowed to contribute more traditional sounds (Hammond organ, piano) than at his home club. Besides Kelly, singer Tony Wright with his pleasant timbre as well as guitarist and keyboarder Andy Ditchfield with melodic guitar leads, powerful riffs and biting synth sounds dominate the action. Despite balladesque moments, DeeExpus never run the risk of drifting into triviality ("Maybe In September"). And with the witty "Marty And The Magician" even winking prog instrumentals are taken for a ride. The heart of the album is the 27-minute title suite about an Asperger patient with a preference for buses with number 33, from which "Accession" (Porcupine Tree harmonies meet brachial guitars) and the polyphonic Big Big Train / Tears For Fears homage "The Physician And The Traitor" deserve special mention.
Top track: Me And My Downfall