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Great musicianship and melodic songs,
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Downloaded this and have given it several listens for a fair review.
Firstly through interviews, we were told this was classic Genesis meets Yes. Don't go expecting Dance On A Volcano crossed with Yours Is No Disgrace though which is what I was expecting.
Personally I don't think this meets the mould. I'd personally say it's a bit closer to GTR meets 90125 crossed with some Zeppelin and The Beatles which is no bad thing.
Makes a decent hybrid actually..
A Life Within A Day - Probably the albums most prog orientated track. I'd more say it's Yes crossed with Led Zeppelin with a heavy Kashmir type riff. A fast Yes type
jazzy middle section really lifts this track into the class!!
Tall Ships - Opens with a nice acoustic part from Steve giving way to a bass riff from Squire leading to a chorus that smoothly sails in (excuse the pun). Great track.
Divided Self - Starts with a Beatles type riff from Steve. Basically a pop tune with a nice solo from Steve.
Aliens - This one sticks out like a sore thumb (sorry Chris). The melody and playing is actually quite nice but the lyric just stands out as a bit wierd.
Sea Of Smiles - Good catchy chorus on this one. One of the albums strongest tracks.
The Summer Backwards - Another Beatles(y) type track. Nice one this. Quaint. Seems to finish too early though.
Storm Chasers - The albums 2nd heavy number. A thumping Zeppelin type drum beat with Steve taking lead vocals.
Can't Stop The Rain - Classic Squire on this one. The albums best track for me. Could've sat nicely on Fish Out Of Water 2.
Perfect Love Song - Joined onto the last track. A great riff from Steve. A nice closer.
To sum up a pretty strong album. The production is excellent and the vocals are perfectly layered in. If you enjoyed Beyond The Shrouded Horizon then you'll like this.
To be honest I think fans of Genesis, Yes, Zep and The Beatles would enjoy this.
I'd have preferred them to just stretch the song a little more to let them breath a bit. Some of them you're sitting enjoying and they seem to end too quickly.
At 46 mins you feel that there's 15min missing as we're so used to Cds being about an hour long.
Chris & Steve's vocals do sit nicely together, I think this is one of the many plus points of the album.
Still well worth checking out and I'll be playing this all through the Summer.
Here's to the possible upcoming tour. Hope they do Silently Falling :)
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Initial post: 29 May 2012 10:06:50 BDT
Good review - I'm waiting for the CD and enjoyed the recently released single. I'm hoping it's not much like GTR, though!
In reply to an earlier post on 29 May 2012 10:10:55 BDT
Hi, it was just a guide really. It was more to mean shorter catchy song formats than content. I think you'll like it :)
In reply to an earlier post on 2 Jun 2012 09:41:53 BDT
You're right, I do like it!
In reply to an earlier post on 2 Jun 2012 09:45:43 BDT
Cool. I've played it non stop the last few days :)
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