Hats Off Gentlemen It’s Adequate LP review of Invisible

Hats Off Gentlemen It’s Adequate is set to release their debut  10 track LP – Invisible – in early December 2012. The release is a perspective of living life with Ehlers-Danlos syndrome and ranges across the solo acoustic to the full line-up rock and roll band.

Hats Off Gentlemen It's Adequate

Hats Off Gentlemen It’s Adequate

Opening with While I Still Can which begins with the hallmark flute before evolving in to a strong jazz rock beat in which the flute alternates breaks  with the guitar, epitomising precisely why Hats Off Gentlemen It’s Adequate is such an intriguing out-fit.

Following on is Me Again which is a darker piece bringing in piano to the fused guitar to layer a melancholy to the track which was inspired by living a bad day with Ehlers-Danlos syndrome.

Next is Frail Hurricane which is a remastered version of the title track of the first EP that skittles along with a scintillating guitar scything out of the speakers. A delightful vocal and instrumental combination.

By The Water slows the pace to a folk number with an evocative piano framing a track that registers on the bass notes with a continual backdrop of humming synth that plays a shadow like falling rain across the piece and the song works particularly well for me.

Raising the tempo, but not the sentiment All This Time is a reflective on social mores. Whilst the material may be of melancholia the compositions are something of an emotional a catharsis.

Wait For The Storm is once again hauntingly flute laden and a superb example of how to use instruments, levels and lyric in harmony to make a powerful imagery.

Can’t Let You Go emerges as an acoustic piece, though develops in to more rock centred number and whilst there is a certain similarity in vocal with Ian Curtis across much of Invisible – on this track is it highly prominent.

Invisible the title track is a progressive rock piece that does as you would expect progressive rock to do – last quite some time – it extends to over seven minutes of exploration in to space before inverting back to earth with a crumble.

Hello is specifically placed to give a lighter vein towards the end of the LP – focussing on what is achievable, rather than introspective critique.

Concluding with Just So Love You which shifts to a blues number that retains that up-beat momentum.

Invisible is a showcase for the memorable compositions and spread of musical styles which capture life from the inside of the soul and marks a strong debut LP for Hats Off Gentlemen It’s Adequate.

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2 Responses to “Hats Off Gentlemen It’s Adequate LP review of Invisible”
  1. Malcolm says:

    Thanks so much for reviewing the album. I’m very grateful for your kind comments. Best wishes, Malcolm

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