Label: Sacred Geometry Release date: 26/10/09 Website: http://www.myspace.com/owentromans It's story time! You know how people (and let's not fall in to the trap of ageism) moan on an on about how the lyrics of modern songs are nonsense and don't have any meaning like they used to in The Good Old Days? The next time someone tries to make you feel bad about liking good music by levelling that argument at you, tell them to go and listen to The Fall of Acre by Owen Tromans & The Elders. Go on, do it! Fall of Acre is an example of post-modern story-telling at its finest; a series of snapshots of life in a world so closely related to this, these tales could apply to you or me. In the age of one-dimensional lyrics, The Fall of Acre gives us a multi-layered songbook. No, really - it's a songbook! OK, the storyboard is set in an alternate reality where instead of the daily grind on the 7.28 from Putney, the heroes have to deal with a cult, blind captains and a serpent. And The Magicks, let's not forget them. If you find it easier to accept that these things are euphemistic constructs for aspects of day-to-day life then do that, otherwise just absorb the songs like some kind of musical graphic novel because above all things, Fall of Acre is a musical experience. But ask yourself this: How would Boyzone or Shakira or Leona self-compose and perform an entire album that's set against a big, broad-brush canvass without making themselves look ridiculously pompous and overblown? Owen Tromans has achived this. Owen Tromans is bordering on the genius. The music in Fall of Acre is at times strong, sentimental, touching, tender, harsh and heavy. Traces of Prog Rock and neo-Jazz deconstruction sit comfortably side-by-side on this CD. Isolating just one track from Fall of Acre is, for me, difficult. The storyboard idea goes back to the early Prog Rock/Concept albums of the late 60s. And just I still find it hard to choose just one track from the original concept album, Days of Future Passed, it's equally hard to mark out just one track from this album. However, if you bought me enough beer and if you really pushed me, I'd thrust the second track (The Bad One/House Of The Magicks) in to your hands and beg you to keep it close to your ears. I don't think Fall of Acre sits comfortably in any iPod on shuffle. So don't do that. Set yourself up to listen to all eleven tracks in order, and enjoy the music and the story. Rating: 9.5/10