Exposé Online banner

Andrew Booker — Ahead
(EA Records CD1, 1996, CD)

by Steve Robey, Published 1997-02-01

Ahead Cover art

Booker does it all himself on this new release of well-rounded progressive rock. Apart from a guest guitarist on the last track, Booker is the only musician credited; he ably handles guitar, keyboard, and sequencing duties, and all told, performs all these roles admirably. Although vocals are present, the emphasis is clearly on the music, as Booker sends each composition through a series of changes that add excitement to the tedium usually associated with such highly sequenced music. In fact, composition appears to be Booker's strength; if we are ever fortunate enough to hear a live band perform his compositions, we are in for a treat. For now, however, this album will suffice. Recommended especially for those home-studio do-it-yourselfers with fertile imaginations and tons upon tons of MIDI gear. Andrew Booker is a fine role model for you.


Filed under: New releases, Issue 11, 1996 releases

Related artist(s): Andrew Booker

Latest news

2020-07-22
Tim Smith RIP – Tim Smith, leader of the eccentric band Cardiacs, has died at the ago of 59 after many years of health problems. Cardiacs was known for intense and complicated music that combined punk energy with the rhythmic and harmonic sophistication of progressive rock. » Read more

2020-07-12
Judy Dyble RIP – Singer-songwriter Judy Dyble, who was a founding member of Fairport Convention and one of the distinctive voices of the 60s folk revival in Britain, has died at the age of 71. Her passing came at the end of a long illness, though which she continued to work. » Read more

2020-07-06
Ennio Morricone RIP – Famed composer Ennio Morricone has died at the age of 91. The creator of scores for more than 500 movies, some of his works have become the most recognizable sounds in the history of cinema. His soundtracks for Sergio Leone's Westerns made from 1964 to 1971, are iconic landmarks in film music, but he also composed for dramas, comedies, and other genres. He won the Academy Award for Best Original Score in 2016 for The Hateful Eight. » Read more

2020-06-14
Keith Tippett RIP – One of the giants of British jazz has left us. Keith Graham Tippetts, known professionally as Keith Tippett, died today at the age of 72. His work from the late 60s into the 70s and beyond includes some of the greatest jazz produced in the UK, and stands as an impressive oevre to this day. » Read more

2020-05-15
Phil May of The Pretty Things RIP – We were saddened to learn that Phil May, lead singer and founding member of The Pretty Things, has died at the age of 75. The band's 1968 album S.F. Sorrow is one of the enduring classics of the psychedelic era, and the group existed in various forms until finally retiring in 2018. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Donovan - The Donovan Concert: Live in L.A. – 60s folk icon Donovan appeared at the Kodak Theater in LA on his 2007 tour to a packed house of acolytes from the Transcendental Meditation foundation (led by filmmaker David Lynch). From the get-go,...  (2009) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues