REVIEWS: Bat Lenny – “Shadowland” and “The Atomic Toybox” CDs

Bat Lenny - Shadowland CD, 2008

Bat Lenny - Shadowland CD, 2008


BAT LENNY
Shadowland EP
CD, 2008
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Progressive pop that is equal parts Yes and XTC, and no, I don’t just mean ELO. In days of old, the “Shadowland” suite would merely have been known as side four of the new LP, a 17-minute theme in 5 parts. Bat Lenny is the King Crimson of the underground.
Ian C Stewart

Bat Lenny - The Atomic Toybox CD, 2009

Bat Lenny - The Atomic Toybox CD, 2009


BAT LENNY
The Atomic Toybox
CD, 2009
Massive prog-pop a la Mike Kenneally. I really enjoyed this one. “Gravity” opens with a single synthesizer note being filtered, kind of like any old song by the Human League. The song starts with a minimial drum beat, which is vamped on and reacted to by the other instruments, gradually building up into a groove like the Police. Primus meets E.L.O. This album is Marillionesque (I guess, Genesisesque would make more sense) in its scope. Repeated listenings required and rewarded.
Ian C Stewart

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