|08 Sep 2017||Apollon Records Prog||ARP008||CD, LP|
Mastered at Abbey Road Studios by Frank Arkwright.
Professor Tip Top (cool name) play music that I would qualify mostly as Prog/Pop.
After a short instrumental introduction we get eight 4 to 6 minutes songs (well the last one is nearly 8 minutes long). The first six are very melodic (even though they can be quite different from each other) in a way Alan Parsons Project (circa Eye In The Sky) used to give us. All the tracks feature some beautiful (often multi layered) vocals by Sven Magnar Hansen. Some spacey electronic keyboards are also very much present, adding a kind of a futuristic/retro mood to this very good album. Also frequently on display are many great guitar solos by Sam Fossbak. Always relaxed and in control, he has Eric Clapton and David Gilmour qualities (with perhaps a hint of Steve Hackett). Actually a few tracks, besides Alan Parsons, make me think of recent Steve Hackett softer songs (i.e. ''Til These Eyes''). The moving ''Phoenix'' is one good example of this but there are others.
The last two songs are a bit different from the previous, although they still keep a strong link with the rest of the album. ''Die Bose'' is the daskest song. It would not be out of place on the melancholic mostly acoustic album Opeth put out in 2003 Damnation. The last track, that gave the album its title, is the longest and most progressive of the album. It, offers a great crescendo finish to this excellent album.
Life Is No Matter is an album that would have certainly received loads of airplay in the eighties. In a Prog Rock subgenre that has not been visited that often lately, Life Is No Matter is the best album I have heard in years. It is also an obvious addition to my ''Best Of'' list of 2017.