STEVE THORNE? Never heard of them, I thought when I held this disc in my hands. The sticker with the names of the guest musicians from SPOCKS BEARD, JADIS and IQ among others made me curious of “Emotional Creatures Part One”. I can say one thing right away: Those who like heavy, distorted guitars on their Rock albums can skip the rest of the review and does not need to buy the album. Multi instrumentalist Steve Thorne rather likes calm, dreamy and sometimes melancholic sounds.
The acoustic guitar is the main force on all of the songs, which gives the disc a slight Folk touch. Those who scream boring now should listen to this first, as the quality of the eleven tunes is not to be sneezed at. If I had to pick a season where this music fits best I would instantly say autumn. Some titles such as “God Bless America” (with nice ironical lyrics and the use of a flute) or “Therapy” (very emotional) make me think of golden October days. “Ten Years”, “Julia” or “Gone” are rather melancholic and make the November rain draw nearer in the distance. But there is one thing all of the songs have in common. They are catchy and get hooked in the auditory passage if you let them do so. Regarding the progressive side of the music, Steve Thorne is guided by bands like JADIS or GENESIS remotely. Especially the Steve’s vocals have a bit of Peter Gabriel to them. It is very comfortable in any case, also with the somewhat rougher songs such as “Well Outta That”.
The sound and especially the wonderful cover artwork are convincing as well and top off the album proficiently. In fact everything is alright, I would say, though there are some minor points of criticism. The fact that there is no heavier track to be heard is a bit disturbing to me. Despite some really good songs, it wouldn’t have done any harm to the variation, but maybe the main man did not want this.
For those who are looking for a good record for quiet hours or for some variation after the latest Black Metal massacre, Steve Thorne and “Emotional Creatures Part One” is right up your alley. Hard-nosed Metalheads and rockers will have a hard time with this easily accessible music, but as I said, everyone needs something for a quiet hour. And instead of resorting to some Pop singers, rather listen to the really good music by Steve Thorne.
Check out tips: “Therapy”, “Ten Years”, “Gone”, “God Bless America” (Online January 1, 2006)