Paul Cusick - Focal Point (2009)
Q Rock Records
United Kingdom


  1. Focal Point (2:44)
  2. Everblue (6:49)
  3. Fade Away (6:54)
  4. Soul Words (3:38)
  5. Scared to Dream (4:40)
  6. Touch (5:35)
  7. Senza Tempo (2:52)
  8. Big Cars (4:01)
  9. Hold On (5:31)
  10. Hello (4:18)

It is said that music is 90% inspired and 10% original. The case with Paul Cusick’s new album Focal Point represents this statement perfectly. There is no question that the dominant replicate style is that of Steven Wilson/Porcupine Tree and Pink Floyd, but that originality factor gives a fresh twist to the music recipe we have come to deeply love. Like a master craftsman, Paul is able to create his own sound with this skill and produce a very moving and heartfelt album.

For the most part, the tracks are very chill and deep with charming guitar riffs that can at times feel little plain, but don’t be fooled. Paul does exactly what he needs to do to set the tone. What lacks in technicality is made up in range, mild experimentation, cool layered effects and funky timing. Paul’s guitar playing is entirely to the point and is regularly befriended by equally leading and memorable keyboards/piano. In fact, every instrument and effect, save the captivating drumming of Alex Cromarty, is pulled off on his own. The album’s overall ambience and mood is generally sad, although there are some reminiscent feelings of hope, coming to terms and the inescapable dying days of Summer. In fact, its down right familiar and welcoming. To top it off, Paul’s spectacularly performed vocals and genuine lyrics ranging from very personal moments to conflict of the modern ages, enhance the content's dramatic presentation.

As written by Paul, "If a song from any band stirs my emotions then at some time or other I guess I will draw upon that influence for my own songs. Therefore I take it as a compliment if any of my songs remind listeners of bands…".

This is indeed a great perspective and its impact on the product, putting focus in creating meaningful music, is wonderfully emphasized. From beginning to end the listener will hear a variety of styles that do not leave their winding path.

Focal Point is worth your attention. For those of you who love the bands mentioned above, especially those who adore a well performed and written piece of modern Progressive Rock, do yourself a favor and order a copy now. It just keeps getting better and better.


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