Thursday, 20 July 2017
Diabolique/Nobody Dies Forever Part 1/Aquamarine/Ready To Lose/The Conjurer/No Specific Harm/Solace/Nobody Dies Forever Part 2/Great & Terrible Potions/ Ready To Lose (Single Edit)/Nobody Dies Forever (Single Edit)/No Specific Harm (Single Edit)
Great & Terrible Potions is the latest album of the Australian composer and multi-instrumentalist Ben Craven. He made his first steps in the music scene back in 2005, when he released his first solo effort Two False Idols. This debut as a solo artist was the result of being tired of the band-project approach and the only way to do everything on his own. However, at first he didn't use his own name, but worked under the moniker of Tunisia. In 2007 Craven recorded the EP Under Deconstruction as a free download, which was more or less a kind of protest against the music industry.
Great & Terrible Potions is above all a homage to the wonderful music of Pink Floyd. The link with this band is evident and the track The Conjurer is even dedicated to the late Richard Wright. However, the music of Ben Craven sounds more modern than at the time Pink Floyd released their albums. Sure, not everything sounds like Floyd; Ben Craven has also been influenced by bands as Yes and Spock's Beard. The album ends with three additional tracks mentioned as single edits. Maybe progressive rock songs get the chance to hit the charts in Australia, but not in Europe otherwise he wouldn't have included Ready To Lose, Nobody Dies Forever and No Specific Harm in slightly different versions.