Riverside - Shrine Of New Generation Slaves
Polish proggers Riverside have always carried around certain plagiarism tags, and fifth album Shrine Of New Generation Slaves is not about to shake them off. But as they hop between the likes of Porcupine Tree, Yes and Pink Floyd, such notions slip away as you are drawn in by the simple pleasure of these fine songs. Whether it be the pop catchiness of lead single 'Celebrity Touch' or the all-out jazz prog fusion jam of 'Escalator Shrine', the music does the talking - and it has the gift of the gab.
However, there is no escaping the fact that Shrine Of New Generation Slaves is nothing particularly new and, as such, is unlikely to draw many new fans into the fold. Those already seduced by Riverside's charms will lap this up with vigour, rightly using this as a fine example to prove there is still some mileage and vibrancy in the nu-prog wave.