It was due to the busy schedules of Marillion and Porcupine Tree that Steve Hogarth and Richard Barbieri didn't collaborate earlier (apart from Barbieri's guest appearance on The H Band's "Ice Cream Genius" album). But now the Marillion singer and the PTKeyboarder have presented their first community album. Of course voice and keyboards are in the foreground. Hogarth usually sings quietly, at times he even whispers, only occasionally the emotions sweep him along, as one knows it from Marillion. It's his voice that doesn't make the keyboard sounds sound too clinically cool, that breathes life into them (for example in "A Cat With Seven Souls"). "Only Love Will Make You Free" offers an emotional roller coaster ride. Barbieri takes a different approach here: he leaves aside the disturbing sounds known from PT and concentrates on variable, unobtrusive sounds that are nevertheless unusual. The duo could have released the handbrake more often, as in "Crack" with its crisp groove. Interesting for PT fans: Chris Maitland drums on some tracks.
Top Track: Crack