For his second album, Irish guitarist and singer Jeff Green has gathered illustrious guests, including keyboardist Mike Stobbie and singer Alan Reed (both once Pallas) as well as guitarist Phil Hilborne (Glen Hughes) and vocalist Sean Filkins (ex-Big-Big-Train). On the album he deals with Alzheimer's disease, based on experiences with his own grandmother. The fact that Green once led an Eagles cover band can still be clearly heard, especially in the harmony vocal arrangements, of course, but also in some too shallowly fancy compositions reminiscent of AOR. In a total of seven pieces - which sometimes sound surprisingly positive for the theme - melodic (often polyphonic) guitars meet dense keyboard sound carpets à la Yes or Emerson, Lake & Palmer. With the 20-minute closing track "A Long Time From Now", which also contains some string passages, progfans get their money's worth the most. All in all, "Older Creek" is a successful, if not everyone appealing combination of smoldering rock and symphonic prog.
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