After a three-year wait, this album was a bit of a disappointment. Musically, it is his best yet, but it lacked a certain energy that the others had. The songs seemed to replace vivacity with length. The album didn't do very well on the charts; the number 13 single (U.S.), "Everlasting Love," was the biggest hit. Ironically, the best song on this album, "Out of Thin Air," does not use a single synthesizer but instead is a solo piano piece performed by Jones himself. After all those years of electronic music, a song featuring a real instrument is a welcome relief.
Prog/Folk/Rock from the Murky depths of Cumbria. Aided by a merry band of misfits, Gandalf's Fist are your new favourite Cult band waiting to be discovered! Gandalf's Fist draw on their mutual love for classic rock bands such as Pink Floyd, The Who, and even the likes of Iron Maiden. Gandalf's Fist is a British band from Maryport, Cumbria. Their music is influenced by 1970s progressive/psychedelic rock. The group formed in 2005, and built their reputation through various airplay by national radio with the help of several interviews in the "Classic Rock presents Prog"- Magazine, they cemented their reputation by playing at the "Second Stage" of Planet Rockstock in Great Yarmouth in December 2013, despite being a "initially studio only" project. They were featured in the TOP20 of Geoff Barton's 2013 Critic's choice in PROG Magazine Issue #41 lately.
…If indie rock were played primarily on mandolin, cello, banjo, and octave violin, it might sound something like this. That’s not to say that the songs are experimental or bizarre—guitar and vocals remain the focus of these songs, it’s just that the arrangements and instrumentation lend something refreshing to many of them. The fiddle on “Barefoot Friend” brings an alt-country vibe, while “Break in the Clouds” is reminiscent of a waltz. Most of all, what makes this record so successful—and it is very successful indeed—are the songs, which are solidly constructed and performed with conviction.