Planet P Project
Review by Josh Turner
Prepare yourself for some bold statements… This unknown commodity is one of my highlights from 2004 and deserves to be in any Top Ten Prog Album List for that year. Not to mention, it is probably the best album on the Prog Rock Label at the time of this writing. To give credit where credit is due, the label continues to add remarkable acts, so this may be the start of something great. This album is absolutely brilliant, and it totally blew me away. It was much more than I expected.
OSI and Chroma Key are some of the elements that come to the surface. It's a surprise that Kevin Moore hasn't had his hand in this project. There are also aspects of Pink Floyd and U2 in the mix. The music even reminds me of some of the alternative acts from the eighties: Morissey, Pet Shop Boys, New Order, Depeche Mode, Information Society, and Erasure to name a few. As a whole, there are a lot of influences in here, and it seems to cross the decades. While the topic of this album predates its release by 75 years, the focus is primarily on the year 1931. However, the instrumentals behind the music have modern leanings. Green Day wins a Grammy while Planet P Project goes completely unnoticed. That's totally unfair and just goes to show how out of whack the music industry has become these days. This album is absolutely equipped for the airwaves when you consider all the popular influences it draws in.
The theme is part of a trilogy of albums prefaced with the title "Go Out Dancing". This is part one, and it centers entirely on the thirties. The albums to follow will focus on later eras. This one, in particular, gets into the hate and propaganda found during World War II, hence the title of the album. It studies and scrutinizes the public policy, the media, and the ethics of the time. The concept is very intriguing, yet it literally never loses a beat in its efforts to adhere to the lyrics. This demonstrates fine craftsmanship and timing as the format is never formulaic. The listener is neither lost nor overwhelmed. The composer, Tony Carey, utilizes some fantastic harmonies that fall somewhere between the borders of sense and sensibility. Planet P Project should be added to your list of new discoveries. It's an essential part of any prog rock aficionado's collection. The sequels should also be on everybody's wish list. I know they're certainly on mine.