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I am the artist and I'm thankful to be on Raru
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Perfect Sound with Imperfect Cover
Carlo Ryan P onReviewed by
A great sounding album but RHINO could have done better with the artwork.
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Locked me down.....
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New CD By Consonance
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The Grigio has multiple lead singers and even have some guest artists. The harmonies on all the songs are very, very tight. Clearly the vocal skills of Consonance's members are outstanding. The listener will realize this after hearing one grat performance after another.
There are 15 uniquely different songs on the album. Some have that traditional flair, but you listen closely and you hear lyrics that range from profound to prophetic. For example, "Close To You", is about the world conditions. And one stanza says "Teflon religions changing everyday," This speaks to the rapid appearance of new ministries with various doctrines. But the phrase is profound.
And another song, "Do The Right Thang", tells a story about a boy becoming a man and fighting temptations. But one poignant passage says, "Here I am a full grown man, way past 21, you can see the years of my life on my face". This is genius.
The music and arrangements are excellent throughout the project. The songwriter for all the songs is Mack Williams. He did an exceptional job of writing music and lyrics that evoke different styles always with strong lyrics. I was impressed by each song I heard.
And the "good news blues" songs really rock. The guitar work of Lloyd Gregory and Levi Seacer rivals the guitar virtuosos of past and present. These songs give you that blues feel, but again you have to hear the lyrics to really appreciate the performances.
I gave the album 5 stars and I am sure you will do the same when you hear it. Great cd!!!!
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Catchy and thought provoking
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THE DEAR HUNTER – THE COLOR SPECTRUM - REVIEW
Leanne F onReviewed by
In my opinion, music by the Dear Hunter is very accessible overall, particularly on this disc, The Color Spectrum. I must confess upfront, that I am using this disc, as bait, to lure you into Casey Crescenzo’s world, via this alt rock / indie rock path and into the world of modern progressive rock – but it’s for your own good – really, it is! Enough scene-setting and time to dive right in: The Color Spectrum is a very apt title, given that this album traverses a range of music styles and emotions. The first track, “Filth and Squalor”, representing “black”, is rock, but flavoured with a little dark electronica. The next two tracks are also rock (representing red and orange, respectively), with the third (But There's Wolves?) almost moving into alt-metal territory and standing out as one of the strongest songs here.
Think you’re getting a grasp of what The Dear Hunter is about? Too soon for that, because the next three tracks are love songs, with a much lighter mood. “She's Always Singing” is a sort of high quality folky alt-rock ballad (yellow) and the next two “green” tracks are not quite country music in style, but have typical country ballad instrumentation, notably pedal steel guitar and picked acoustic guitar. At this point in the disc, I had noticed firstly that Casey Crescenzo’s very distinctive and easy-to-like lead vocals, are what knits these disparate styles together. Secondly, very little keyboard is in evidence up to this point – these are all guitar-based tracks.
The next track (7) is from the blue EP and there is a subtle change in feel with the blue track “Trapdoor”, from country, to ballad-paced acoustic rock. “What time taught us” (8, indigo), reverts to the electronica sound, so we hear synth keyboards come more to the fore, but with beautiful multi-part vocal harmonies, overlaying a (less beautiful) drum machine. It starts and ends with a slow tempo, but the middle is up-tempo rock. Then a violet (not violent) twist into the first noticeably “prog rock” track, in ¾ time, keyboard now dominating, with string and piano patches. Being a prog rock fan, this violet track, “Lillian” (9), is obviously one of my favourites. This is an extract from the lyrics: “She was stuck in pictures, while he passed his time in film….When the cameras roll, hide away your soul, flash your eyes, forge a smile – entertain.”
As I am trying to open alt-rock and indie fans up to modern progressive rock, I had better give a very brief explanation of the genre: Basically modern prog bands have their stylistic roots in bands such as Yes, Genesis, Black Sabbath, King Crimson and some would say Pink Floyd, amongst many others from the 1970’s. I mention this last band, because my teenage kids tell me that their generation is happily re-discovering Pink Floyd. Also, prog is often characterised by very high levels of musicianship and complexity, including (sometimes) unusual time signatures (unusual for rock/pop). Another feature is high quality lyrics, on less common topics (eg sci-fi / fantasy stories). Just google the term for a proper definition. My point here is that a large chunk of The Dear Hunter’s music, is very definitely progressive rock and is excellent prog, at that.
Next up is the track “Home” (10, white), with upfront keyboards and vocal harmonies and squarely in the prog domain. The last track is “Fall and flee” (11, white), with similar instrumentation, but with guitars competing for attention and similar prog ambitions. The theme of the white EP songs appears to be loneliness, sadness but this is decorated with faith, or hope for a better future. I hope that I have inspired the readers of this review, to embark on a new musical journey, into the world of progressive rock and far away from the largely mindless radio-borne diva-pop / rap / R&B / club / dance audio-swill, that the big record companies want us to drown in. Note: If you are already a fan of prog, skip straight to the Dear Hunter’s “Acts” series of albums.
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The Best Of
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Best metal album of all time
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Act 7 in the Star Wars Symphony
Calvin S onReviewed by
From 1977 to 2005, we enjoyed the first six movements of the Star Wars Symphony, and for years we thought that the Saga was finished, that there would never be more story, or more music. Now there is more music - there is an Act 7. And, what's more, it was composed by the same man responsible for the other 12 hours of music. John Williams is now 84 years old, and we as film music fans are blessed that he is still alive and able/willing to work. Some critics have complained that this soundtrack is not as good as the other 6: that is not up to the same standard. However, I disagree and think this is to be unfair.
The album certainly feels a bit different, and that is perhaps what people are reacting to. But, to be fair, this film is the first in a new trilogy, the end of which is unknown. I see this soundtrack as the perfect mixture of old music and new, just as the story is a mix of old and new elements. Obviously, the film begins with the same Main Title theme, and the theme music for the Millennium Falcon, Leia as well as the Force all make appearances. But the new music is just as memorable: "Rey's Theme" is the stand-out track, and always brings tears to my eyes. Her theme is at once playful, hopeful, strong and yet also tragic.
Kylo Ren's theme makes it menacing presence felt throughout the album, and it is clearly related to the Imperial March, the theme for Darth Vader, Ren's idol. Finn and Poe have a brief theme to represent their friendship, and the March of the Resistance is a suitably energetic and bold piece of music. The track "The Starkiller" is an understated mournful string piece accompanying scenes of planetary destruction. The final two tracks are both masterpieces and they give me goosebumps just thinking about them. All in all, this is a worthy addition to the Star Wars Symphony, and I cannot wait to hear Act 8!
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Reviewed by Loren I on
Definitely worth every cent I paid for.
Their concert was amazing and PLUS I can listen to their tracks every day on my way to work!