‘After The Fall’ from Dodson and Fogg “… deep-thinking lyrics, multiple levels of music.”(May 23, 2014)
Minutes after the CD begins it’s patently obvious that no one else could be piloting the controls of ‘After The Fall’ other than Chris Wade. Arguably one of this country’s most prolific and creative musicians, he is responsible for the collection of ground-breaking albums from his personal creation Dodson and Fogg. Chris has made his musical mark delivering a unique melange of pyschedelia-wrapped progressive folk rock, a concoction that feeds on the soft echoes of acid-rock, along with a host of influences to flood eager ears with innovative investigations and inventions.
The latest outing, ‘After The Fall’, clearly extends its reach, probing into untried corners and taking the creative energy and explorative nature of Dodson And Fogg further on its voyage of discovery. This time there’s a stronger hypnotic edge (were that possible) and a wider ranging searching into that elusive element that defines Chris Wade’s work. Individualist, revolutionary or experimental iconoclast – there’s little point to attempt definition.
Although not a concept album as such, along with previous Dodson and Fogg albums, ‘After The Fall’ offers so much more when taken as a whole. You’re riding the multi-layered melodic waves of ‘You’re An Island’, ‘Sweet Lily Rose’with its quiet poetry or the soothing choral echoes of ‘In Your Own Fine Way’ into the essence of Dodson and Fogg. A duskier more ominous feel wanders through‘Lord Above’ as guitars duel over the pulsing beat, the shadowy mysteries of ‘Life’s Life’ or the electronic drive of ‘Careless Man’ and ‘Hiding From The Light’.
The musicians playing on ‘After The Fall’ are Chris Wade (vocals, bass, guitar, percussion, violin, keyboards, flute) Celia Humphris (vocals) Scarlet Rivera (violin on ‘You're An Island’) Ricky Romain (sitar) and Alison O'Donnell (vocals).
This is could be called latter-day psych-folk mated with prog-rock – but more than that, ‘After The Fall’ is fuelled withdeep-thinking lyrics, multiple levels of music and sound experimentation. Up the levels to 11 and dive in. You will find 'After The Fall' here: dodson-and-fogg-cds.html
Reviewer: Tim Carroll