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US Review: THE WALK-A-BOUT “THINGS ARE LOOKING UP”

12 Jun

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US Review: THE WALK-A-BOUT “THINGS ARE LOOKING UP”

11 Jun

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US Track-by-Track Review: GEORGE ST. CLAIR “BALLADS OF CAPTIVITY AND FREEDOM”

8 Jun

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George St. Clair

Ballads of Captivity and Freedom

Review by Gary Hill
This set seems to be a concept album in some ways. At least, at lot of the songs are about Native American history. There are other things, though, that are about contemporary issues, but they seem related to the others, leading me to think that it’s more or less a concept set, but that the concept is a rather loose one. Musically this is the kind of thing that would have been quite at home on the radio in the 1970s. There is a lot of the soft rock of music like The Eagles and America built into this album.  Yet, it also has a lot of country in it. Then again, so did most of the soft rock of the early 70s. This is a timeless album that is very effective. As good as the music is, the stories woven into the lyrics really shine with an immediacy and honesty.

This review is available in book format (hardcover and paperback) in Music Street Journal: 2018  Volume 3 at lulu.com/strangesound.

Track by Track Review
Tularosa
Coming in with a mellow, folky vibe, this gets some country elements added to the mix as it makes its way forward. It’s a classy tune with a classic sound at its heart. I suppose “soft rock with plenty of Southern twang” is pretty close to the description of this.
The Places Where They Prayed
A mellower, slower moving piece, this has a lot more country in the mix. There is a spoken movement further down the road.
Autumn 1889
This is an even mellower number. It has less country music built into it, though. It makes think of a cross between Jackson Browne and The Eagles.
Corridors
Energized folk rock, this is another classy cut. It’s not a huge change, but has some solid hooks and a good groove.
Good Times
With a lot more country built into it, this has a real old-time music vibe. The piano solo bit is cool, as is the slide guitar.
Cynthia
With a lot of folk and soft rock in the mix, this one definitely makes me think of the acoustic side of The Eagles.
Up to Fail
One of the most rocking tunes here, this is definitely built on folk music, making it the definition of folk rock. Some of the guitar sounds on this make me think of Neil Young a bit. The lyrics to this tell a dark tale of the reality of life. This gets a minor parental advisory, but also has a powerhouse guitar solo.
Lie to Them
The guitar picking on this number brings a lot of country to the table. This is an effective number that does a good job of combining the country and rock elements.
Cimarrones
This song has a good balance between mellower rock and more powered up, dreamy type stuff. It’s a powerful piece of music.
New Mexico
Energetic music, there is plenty of country in the slide guitar that dances around a lot of this. Still, overall it’s more in line with soft rock music.
Pedro Páramo
I dig the folk music vibe on this piece.
Talkin Mesquite
This reminds me of Johnny Cash’s “I’ve Been Everywhere.” The acoustic guitar sounds are intricate and the vocals are spoken.

 

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US Track-by-Track Review: KARNEY “NO MERCY”

7 Jun

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Karney

No Mercy

Review by Gary Hill
Karney consistently releases intriguing music. Her sound is typically hard to pin down, but lands closest to progressive rock. That said, there is music here that’s not prog. I have to say that I question the choice for opener because if there is a song that doesn’t work as well as the rest, that’s it. The closing section of the album is the strongest, too.

This review is available in book format (hardcover and paperback) in Music Street Journal: 2018  Volume 3 at lulu.com/strangesound.

Track by Track Review
No Mercy
This comes in with a classic hard edged progressive rock sound. It shifts down to a more stripped back arrangement for the vocals. The chorus powers up to some soaring material. The verse feels a bit awkward, but the chorus really redeems the track with plenty to spare. The guitar solo is hard rocking and particularly cool.
Wild Green
A fairly mellow movement opens this cut with some middle Eastern elements at play. It powers out to harder rocking sounds that lean toward metal. The balance between the hard-edged and less crunchy here works really well. There are male spoken vocals almost more as sound bites on this. The whole cut is a lot more effective than the opener was. Somehow the guitar soloing makes me think of Huw Lloyd Langton’s work in Hawkwind to a large degree.
Restless Wind
Starting with a mellower, intricate musical motif, there is a lot of folk in the mix here. This cut is not as proggy as the previous numbers were. It has more of a folk rock (with even some country in the mix) sound to it. It’s a solid number, though. It’s quite effective. The rocking guitar solo is noteworthy. When it starts rocking out more it’s along the lines of electric folk rock.
Same Song
While there is a lot of folk rock in the mix here, too, this works more into the prog end of the spectrum. When it soars out to the more powerful stuff, that prog aspect is clearer yet. Again the guitar solo is so strong.
I Got Mine
There is a real punky vibe to this stomper. It feels a lot like Blondie to me. The mid-track section still has that same element, but it does get a bit more prog-like. This is screaming hot and topical.
Speed of a Bullet
The basis of this is hard rocking, but there are these crazed prog sections built into it. I suppose that I’d consider the song proper to be sort of an AOR prog sound. The breaks are so cool. They remind me a bit of Frank Zappa. The second part of this is more based on that crazed section, but it drops to more melodic stuff at the end.
Not Lost
Coming in mellower and more folk music based, this works out gradually. It gets a bit more rocking and prog based as it does so.
Hold On
A faster paced rocker, this also makes me think of Blondie. It is definitely not the proggiest thing here, but there are some hints of prog in the mix at times.
Beautiful Day
I dig this tasty rocker. It has a lot of folk music in the mix along with some prog and other rocking elements. The closing section is really powerful.
I Got the Light
A fairly fast paced, but melodic, jam opens this. Horns come across as the song is moved into decidedly progressive rock (albeit jazz based) territory. The guitar soloing really dances all over the place in some killer patterns. I love the fact that there are still guitar fills underway during some of the vocal sections. The horn section gets control of a breakout movement, too. This might be my favorite piece here. It’s just so cool.
Manifest Destiny
A fast paced tune, this one has the progressive rock tendencies wrapped all around it. It’s another highlight of the disc. There is a short excursion into space rock mid track.
9 Lines – In the 21st Century
A hard edged tune, this slower than the previous cut. To some degree this cut makes me think of Nico and the Velvet Underground. A male vocal later in the piece brings hints of hip hop, but the piece is clearly hard rock based. There are definitely leanings toward space rock and psychedelia. This is another standout. Given the intensity of it, it’s a great choice for closing shot.

 

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UK Review: GEORGE ST. CLAIR “BALLADS OF CAPTIVITY AND FREEDOM”

6 Jun

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US Review: THE WALK-A-BOUT “THINGS ARE LOOKING UP”

5 Jun

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US Review: EMILY JOHNSON “OPEN YOUR HEART”

4 Jun

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