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Tim Bowness: Flowers At The Scene
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Tim Bowness: Flowers At The Scene

Melodic Rock
4.0/5.0

In last several years, vocalist, prolific songwriter, and multi-talent musician, Time Bowness has had a flourishing solo career. He's released four albums over the last five years, the latest and new album being Flowers At The Scene. Typical of Bowness he gathers a gaggle of other talented musicians to assist in his song creation. You'll hear some familiar names with Peter Hammill (Van Der Graaf Generator), Kevin Godley (10cc), Colin Edwin (Porcupine Tree), or Jim Matheos (Fates Warning/OSI). To find more, take a gander at Bowness's press bio provided by his label InsideOut Music.

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Tim Bowness' music at this stage needs little introduction or explanation. The artist creates light melodic rock which has progressive rock notes and some emotional melancholy. His music can also be ethereal, atmospheric, and symphonic, yet also include moments of trumpet, flute, violin, and ukulele (from the man himself). Mostly, when I think of Bowness albums of the past, my expectation is to find his music somber, solemn, and leaving me, well, sad. That's not a very enthusiastic conclusion to prompt you to explore his music nor this album.

But surprisingly, there are more lively high points on this album than on past ones. I Go Deeper has spry guitars and a big drum beat. Rainmark is rather melancholy throughout, bit rises with a fine guitar solo in the center. Also, with typical Bowness somberness is Borderline, which flows with ethereal light rock highlighted by trumpet Nice. The title cut, Flowers At The Scene, has a jazz-like feeling in the drum and bass line which makes the song seem like a Forties torch song. But the largest departure from the Bowness norm, maybe not so much, is It's The Word, a foreboding and dark song with sharp riffs and a heavy bottom end. It was easily my favorite song of the album. Needless to say, Flowers At The Scene is simply Tim Bowness at his best, offering his mellow and melancholic melodic rock with a few twists simply to keep you guessing. Recommended.



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Needless to say, Flowers At The Scene is simply Tim Bowness at his best, offering his mellow and melancholic melodic rock with a few twists simply to keep you guessing. Recommended.

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