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Hybrid Child
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
A concept album from a young and talented US band. The lineup includes a cello player - apparently a member of an orchestra - which adds to the band's character, along with the female vocals. Despite being mainly a concept album, there are a couple of shorter tracks that are catchy enough to be potential hits and remind us that prog rock isn't all 20 minute tracks. The sound is clearly influenced by the "neo prog" movement - chugging metal riffs & progressive synths plus the cello. Well worth a listen for fans of 70s prog and bands like Marillion, IQ... Can't wait to see what they do next!
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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 20 September 2014
'Hybrid Child' has fantastic cover artwork that shouts of imagination and creativity. The booklet inside is as well thought out as well...

Sadly, the artwork here is both the best and most imaginatively creative thing about this album as the music and 'songs' either revolve around lyrical and musical repetition (as in the opener 'I Don't Wanna Wait Another Day') or endless musical noodling, riffing, or (seemingly) aimless experimentation. Ironically, 'Termites' goes too far the other way with its many garbled lyrics and frenetic pace it is quite possibly the best 'song' here as far as the lyrics but you'd be hard pushed to know that without reading the lyric sheet in the booklet!

Reading between the lines (or trying to) It seems District 97 have tried here to create a 'concept album' about aliens, alien abduction and or God but what exactly the message is in amongst all of the 'musical mush' I'm not sure?

There are some nice passages here and in this albums better moments you can just hear a slither of 10cc at their finest but all too often this album heads off into 'musical masturbation' land and dives into self-indulgent solos or repetitive riffs that only really serve the purpose of making the said track longer.

Rob Clearfield is certainly an AWESOME keyboard player and Leslie Hunt has a nice, distinctive voice. The addition of Katinka Kleijn on cello also adds to the mix but what this competent group of musicians lack are decent songs. Clearfield's playing reminds me in places of 70's prog-rockers, City Boy - the band could pick up a few hints listening to their epic prog rock song 'The Day The Earth Caught Fire', I feel.

All in all, I just don't feel this record. Its heavy, its well played and I guess there is a general theme to it but for me it sounds more like a group of friends getting together for a great jam session than anything I should take seriously.
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on 10 September 2013
Hi all, just a wee side note ref: the vocals Leslie Hunt. Leslie has a two pre-dated District 97 solo CD's released after her stint in one of those TV music talent shows X-Idol. The CD's released back then are called "From the Strange to a Stranger" in 2007 and "Your Hair is on Fire" in 2009 that are more the popular poppy/rock cross over style than straight rock or even her new sound into progressive rock of District 97 are as a band, but as a matter of fact she does go full throttle on a few tracks, so it maybe worth checking them out as a fan of District 97.
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Not something you will whistle in the shower after the first listen, but this is a layered, complex, mindblowing prog rock album (and try their other album, still better). THese guys / girl are so young but they seem to be able to give any musician a run for their money in pure playing skill, let alone composition skill. Give this at least three spins and then become addicted. But this is pure pleasure, no side effect. Pfew I am on my a**. Must have must have. Buy buy!!!
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on 3 June 2015
Extremely competent modern-day prog-rock of outstanding musicianship, sadly compromised by a female front who is abruptly rude (in an almost bullying degree) to her fans who help finance her band's album! With regret, the forthcoming new LP will not be heard by this former devotee of the act! Nevertheless, regardless of her misunderstanding towards me, I wish the group continued good luck...
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VINE VOICEon 5 June 2013
District 97's album is already a cult classic, and deservedly so. Superb and exciting musicianship, beautiful and eclectic vocals and a compelling musical and lyrical vision combine for a sublime listening experience. Repeated listens reveal more and more depth to the compositions which rank alongside the best of the 70s golden age of prog.
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