1. Silverbird [6:21] MP3 soundclip of Silverbird [3:00]
  2. Survival [5:36]
  3. Last Flight Home [5:57]
  4. Time Enough? [11:24] MP3 soundclip of Time Enough? [3:00]
  5. Blue Echoes [6:47]
  6. Fur and Feathers [4:52]
  7. The Masque [7:13]
  8. Thermals [7:46]
  9. Tempus Fugit [6:09] MP3 soundclip of Tempus Fugit [3:01]
  10. Reprisal [7:23]
Damien Rider - bass.
Mark Dale - drums, percussion.
Shaun and Paul - extra ideas & Keys and Mega-input. Fans of John Dyson's music know what to expect by now: long, flowing pieces of lush synth strings with beautiful melodies, brimming with emotion and majesty. "Silverbird" is no different, and these ten new songs should well please his loyal contingent. The title track opens with his usual blending of synth sequences with symphonic tendencies, a fitting accompaniment to the cover art showing the space shuttle gracefully approaching over the clouds. The music builds to a crescendo, complete with booming timpani. Dyson's sometimes over-the-top style is evident here.

An antidote of sorts to the energy of "Silver Bird," "Survival" finds Dyson in his more reflective mode, with soft flowing synths giving way to electronic chords that remind me to some extent of classic Alan Parsons instrumentals. Still, Dyson's musical signature is so strong that it is difficult to compare him to anyone but himself. "Lost Flight Home" has wonderful layering of synths upon sequencers upon more synths, gently building and then slowly unfolding at the end. "Time Enough?" starts in a more symphonic vein, then builds slowly into classic Tangerine-Dream-like sequences from the early to mid-'80s. "Blue Echoes" is very serene, featuring some nice piano soloing.

Dyson manages to keep retooling, however slightly, the style of his prior solo and Wavestar releases, in a way that is always familiar and aesthetically pleasing, but just different enough. I'm surprised his emotional, melodic music hasn't found a wider audience. Dyson doesn't take many risks, but he doesn't really need to. He has clearly found a style that he is comfortable with. Silverbird is easygoing and accessible, a very enjoyable listen.

2000. © Phil Derby UK-based musician John Dyson definitely takes some kind of revenge with this wonderful new release "Silverbird", which was inspired by flying (John loves planes !) . His music nevertheless carries the typical Dyson signature of nicely assembled sequencer parts, grand sound textures and nice solo's on his musical mates the Sigma synth and electric guitar. This is beautifully produced music his many fans all over the world almost die for. It already resulted in large sales on the E-Live '98 festival in the Netherlands, where John also performed large parts of the album live on stage.
And even Sir Paul McCartney especially showed up to see this extra-ordinary artist!

1998. © Bert Strolenberg