Artist/ Band: Richard Barbieri
Title: Stranger Inside
Label: Kscope
Year of Release: 2008
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The Review:

British keyboardist and composer Richard Barbieri is best known for being in two bands, Japan (a new romantic style band) and Porcupine Tree (a progressive rock band he joined in 1993). He has also collaborated with the likes of Robert Fripp, Ryuchi Sakamoto, Holger Czukay as well as all of his former Japan band mates. In 2005 he released his first solo effort entitled ‘Things Buried’ and a follow up called ‘Stranger Inside‘.

I received Richard’s second album, ‘Stranger Inside’. Just like with his work in Porcupine Tree, Richard’s style is atmospheric rather than a soloist. The album is based in atmospheric passages with some exotic pulsating dance rhythms. I would compare this to the ambient side that Porcupine Tree was exploring around the ‘Signify’ album.

Two musicians that Richard worked with are involved in the behind -the-scenes aspect of this album. First is former Japan band mate, Steve Jansen (who mixed ’Stranger Inside’) and Porcupine Tree main man Steve Wilson (who mastered the album). The ending result sounds nothing like the latter. Since I haven’t heard what Japan sounded like, I can‘t compare. Overall, this is an amazing album that will appeal to fans of the ambient side of progressive music.

Reviewed by Ron Fuchs on February 28th, 2009


01. Cave
02. All Fall Down
03. Hypnotek
04. Decay
05. Abyssn
06. Byzantium
07. Morphia
08. Retina Blur
09. Stranger Inside

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