Title - 'Signal To Noise' (Cherry Red Records)
Artist - Andy Jackson
If you were wondering who Andy Jackson was, well, Jackson is a British recording engineer best known for his work with the British progressive rock band Pink Floyd. He is also the owner and operator of Tube Mastering, a private studio specializing in recorded music mastering.
And so if your next question is, If he's not a "musician" what right does he have in bringing out a music CD?, well, if I told you that Jackson worked on Signal To Noise between stretches as a principal producer on Pink Floyd’s new album, Endless River, that might show you the man's dedication to his craft. So, trust me when I say that Jackson is fully deserved of releasing this album.
Admittedly, Jackson’s resulting studio project doesn’t have much to do with the aforementioned Endless River, but when he was not required during bouts of the bands recording sessions, Jackson, was busy working on an idea he had. An idea that would, a year later, come to fruition was the incredible Signal to Noise.
People have already said that Signal To Noise sounds very much like Pink Floyd, which is to be expected from their music engineer that had so much close proximity to the band, but that said, these seven (7) tracks are most definitely their own spawn. They are tracks that took time to be birthed, took time to be grown. Indeed, to stress that point further, Jackson actually moved houses mid-session and so recorded parts of the album in two completely different rooms come the end! This, if nothing else, shows the man's dedication to the final product; and hopefully, clarifies the fact that he wouldn't just purposely bring out a half-assed Pink Floyd sub-par rip off album either!
Signal To Noise feels complete. That's the best way I can truly describe this modern Progressive music that I have now listened to three times back-to-back-to-back. It's funny to think that an album of so much energy, so much taut and focused solo realization's was the very same man that mixed the massive Boomtown Rats hit single, "I Don't Like Mondays"!
In closing, the songs on Signal To Noise have definitely been sculpted to focus on the human aspects within us all; the more personal elements to us re: 'One More Push,' 'Invisible Colours,' 'It All Came Crashing Down,' and even 'Brownian Motion, but on this transcendent new solo album, Jackson doesn't preach, he allows us into his sweeping arcs of the music itself. Never leaving us on the outside looking in, we are inside looking out, seeing for the first time what we have become; what we need to do to collectively become whole, once again.
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