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Kenny Mitchell


Crossover Prog

3.60 | 15 ratings

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5 stars Crossover prog is probably a suitable description for this music, but there are many parts of the album which could also be described as symphonic prog, with some massive sounding keyboards to compliment the excellent guitar work. It's also a nice mix of retro and modern, but with most of the emphasis on retro.

In terms of composition the music is much more Pink Floyd than something like present day Dream Theater, and likewise, most of the guitar work is very much more Gilmour than Petrucci. There is also some Steve Howe in there, particularly on the 12 string work, much of which could easily pass for something on a Yes album.

The CD has 2 album tracks of 25 minutes each and a short bonus track which is described as a 7 string guitar demo version out-take of one of the sections from the 2nd main album track (Voyager Pt 2).

The bonus track is a bit heavier than the other work on the album, maybe due to the 7 string guitar...?

The album is entirely instrumental : no vocals.

Overall this guys music is very easy on the ears. He uses a lot of good guitar and keyboard sounds and there are a couple of quite big solos which are executed without any going over the top type flashiness. To my mind that seems to be a bit of a trap for a lot of musicians these days - to be as flashy and as fast as possible, and it's often at the expense of melodic quality that this is achieved : not so here. Kenny Mitchell, with his Gilmour-esqe style is clearly a man who considers the melody to be way more important than the speed at which it's played and to my mind that's a good thing. Having said all that though, he shows that he can do the faster widdling stuff too, and demonstrates it quite well near the end of the album.

I bought this on the strength of a couple of excerpts I heard on Soundcloud and I don't regret the purchase. I would recommend it to anyone who likes their prog with a slightly lighter, more delicate touch and would call it good value for the few pennies it will cost you. It's a very beautiful and compelling piece of work.

Dragonsword | 5/5 |


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