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(44:42; Inside Out Music)
Although Virgil Howe was a musician with his own bands, he will always be remembered mostly for the work he did with his father Steve, and together they released the album ‘Nexus’ not long before his death from a heart attack in 2017. With any project there is always material which is recorded and then discarded for whatever reason, and at the beginning of 2021 Steve collated that all together to see if he would be able to use any of it as the foundation for a new release and the result is what we have here with Virgil credited with keyboards, piano, synths, bass and drums while Steve provides all manner of guitars. I cannot imagine how hard it must be for a parent to lose a child, and undertaking this album must have been both emotionally exhausting and fulfilling for Steve as he attempted to ensure the world knew a little but more about his son. However, there is no way of moving past the fact that these snippets were originally not good enough for the album they worked on together, and the biggest issue here is not the musicianship from either of them but the quality of the material itself. I love Steve and was even fortunate enough to interview him more than 20 years ago, but there is no doubt in my mind he works best in the company of others as opposed to his solo albums which tend to be a little hit and miss. The result is an instrumental album which is nice and pleasant but contains little which is inspirational or driving and it meanders through its course with no real direction and when it is finished there is little which is memorable and not much which would make me want to play it again.
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