For those who may not know Colin Tench, I have to say that he is a very talented and skilled musician who is involved in various bands and projects such as Corvus Stone. I knew Colin and his skillful guitar playing from his previous works with Corvus Stone but this solo album came as a surprise to me.
I have no intention to get into details for every song because, to be honest, 99 out of 100 times I just put the CD and let it play. It is one of the best releases of 2016 without a doubt while it is currently the No. 2 voted prog album on the Prog Archives platform chart of Top 100 prog albums for this year.
As Colin told me a couple of days ago, one of his most beloved bands is The Beatles and that is something rather obvious throughout the album. One can find several influences from The Beatles, besides a few other bands like Pink Floyd. “Can't see it any other way” sounds as if it was taken out of The White Album, and the small passage of ''Because'' at the start of ‘Something old, Something new…’ triggers chills to me every time I listen to it.
There were many musicians who participated in the recordings; besides Colin and six musicians that worked on this album, there are also 16 more musicians that helped as guests playing big variety of instruments like the flute or the violin for example. Additionally, the participation of Peter Jones on vocals/clarinet/saxophone and keyboards is a huge boost to the album’s dynamic.
Despite each person's personal taste in music, the important thing is that Hair in a G-string is a well-structured album with much emphasis on details. And, you know what? All these simple and petite nuances make a big difference, ultimately. Based on my listening of the album so far, what follows are my most beloved songs: “Hair in a G-string Part.1”, “Can't See it any Other Way”, “The Sad Brazilian”, “And So Today”, “Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Screwed”, and the fantastic “Liza's Waltz” with full orchestral arrangements. The latter is a bonus track, available only in the album’s digital format release.
The album is available for download through Colin’s Bandcamp page (https://colintenchproject.bandcamp.com/album/hair-in-a-g-string-unfinished-but-sweet) and in CD format as well. Make yourself a gift and buy this really beautiful treasure! You will not regret it! Highly Recommended!