Craft

This long lost classic is finally on CD! There was much rejoicing! If you are into ELP-style keyboard prog then this is a must. All in all, this is the finest release in its genre since those classic ELP records of the early 70s! [ZNR]

Frankly, I think this blows The Enid away. At times it’s a bit ELPish, at others it’s melodic and flowing a la Camel. This one is essential to fans of The Enid or anyone else into fine symphonic rock. [The Laser’s Edge]

Grand, exciting symphonic rock... Fiery, trumpeting keyboards lick the sky as bass and drums battle their way through the clandestine forebears of The Enid, The Nice, and UK. [Craft] forge a convincing and highly stimulating accompaniment to the astrological concepts... And finally putting things to a close on this terrific disc are the classical, pensive pianos and synths of Branislana and the aching, searching chords of And So to Sleep. [i/e]

Craft have taken the sound of The Enid but added a larger rock element. The moods and styles swing and change but there is always a sense of purpose and reason as the music builds and builds to climactic conclusions. There is even a Scottish element in songs such as Leo, with good interplay between guitar and keys. A very enjoyable CD. [Feedback]

A virtuoso display of instrumental prowess... The overall sound is very similar to The Enid but it is not nearly as pompous... Defintely an album worth hearing. [Exposure (1980s UK zine)]

Their music flows in a realm first instrumentally defined by ELP. A very orchestral kind of sound that flows from a heavy prog rock sound on some cuts to an ethereal, melodic interlude on others. [FishNet Indie Review]

The tempo is generally more ’up’ than on many Enid works, but the influences are well-rooted in 70s symphonic rock to the extent that any Enid fan will lap the music up like there’s no tomorrow! [CD Services]

Craft sounds like a stripped-down, electric orchestra. It works very well. [Music Uncovered]

             Craft’s sole album had become highly regarded by progressive fans as one of the finest UK ’80s progressives, taking The Enid’s classical fusion style to far more energetic and rock-based realms, being totally instrumental with complex Camel, King Crimson, and Italian rock type stylings... a sound that is ultimately closer to 70s Euro-Rock bands like SFF, Shylock, Sensation’s Fix, Asia Minor, etc. This is certainly a welcome CD reissue. [Audion]

The three trained musicians play this luxurious, symphonic prog music perfectly... The music is all-instrumental symphonic, but under the energetic guitar sound, very tasteful, fresh and beautiful, I could say even innovative! The music, in spite of very dynamic and modern textures, can’t be classified as neo-prog. A better definition would be a straighter and heavier Enid. A worthwhile Kinesis reissue. [Prog-Net (Mauro Monteiro)]

This is a highly-recommended all-instrumental work from a trio of British musicians, with an overall sound reminiscent of The Enid, only with a harder edge. Various passages also evoke Emerson Lake & Palmer, Jethro Tull, and Gryphon... Loads of parping synths lend an air of regal pageantry... A jolly good show. [Progression]

The music is an overtly symphonic progressive rock with layers of lush synthesizers defining their sound... a very solid and engaging album... a very enjoyable album that I think many progressive fans, both neo and not, would enjoy. [Gibraltar]

The style is symphonic prog, full of lush keyboards, interesting arrangements, and some really great playing. While it would make nice background music, it is too good to be relegated to that position. This is music designed to be enjoyed with headphones, eyes closed, mind caught up and carried away. Certainly far from being ambient, of course. There is a strong sense of movement here, of being on a journey... Jerry Lucky writes in his The Progressive Rock Files the following: Sound like a more aggressive version of The Enid, with not so many soft and subtle parts [pg. 187]. I have to agree with that statement, as the music doesn’t ever give up its forward momentum. The lone exception is the bonus track And So To Sleep which is a very quiet, keyboard piece. Beautiful. The more I listen, the more I like. [Progressive World]