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A LIFEBLOOD PSALM

The Twenty Committee

 

Crossover Prog

3.74 | 67 ratings

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Mellotron Storm
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3 stars THE TWENTY COMMITTEE are a young band out of the USA and this is their first release. It was recorded in Neal Morse's studio after band leader Geoffry Langley went down to meet Neal and played some of their material for him. He obviously was impressed enough to give this band an opportunity. Neal's producer Jerry Guidroz produced this album. The music is very melodic and accessible, really it's a collection of good songs.

"Introduction" is just that, a short intro piece of samples and piano before reserved vocals and strings take over as the piano continues. Melancholic is the word. "How Wonderful" just doesn't do it for me. It reminds me of some of the Christian bands I used to listen to back in the day. I just tired of the chorus very quickly. "Her Voice" is the longest track at over 10 minutes. I like this one. There's an almost jazzy vibe to this. Check out the instrumental section beginning before 3 minutes, some interesting guitar on this section that gets a little insane around 4 1/2 minutes. Nice. Vocals aren't back until 6 1/2 minutes in. Another instrumental section follows that puts the focus on the keyboards this time. "Airtight" is a mellow ballad-like tune with reserved vocals and strings standing out. Not a big fan of this one.

Next up is the closing suite called "The Knowledge Enterprise" which consists of five tracks. First up is "Overture" an instrumental that does impress. Some powerful stuff here, especially half way through. Then back to that pleasant keyboard led sound. "Conceivers And Deceivers" is vocal-led with more melodic and pleasant instrumental work. "Tonight" is mellow with relaxed vocals and piano leading the way. Strings do become dominant after a couple of minutes then back to vocals and piano. It's okay. "With These Eyes" is a dynamic tune with vocals. I like the keyboards late. "Finale" is the short track that ends the album.

I'd love to give this 4 stars but this just doesn't hit that spot if you know what I mean. If your into Neal Morse or the singer / songwriter style of music please check these guys out.

Mellotron Storm | 3/5 |

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