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THE SEARCH FOR JOY

Cirrus Bay

 

Neo-Prog

3.50 | 52 ratings

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Briaz5000
5 stars Cirrus Bay has been commercially around since 2008 when they released their first album The Slipping Of A Day. I was a guest vocalist on that debut album.

We last heard from this progressive rock band in 2012 with the release of Whimsical Weather. Their music is best summed up as a cross between perhaps the Bands Genesis and Renaissance. Genesis for the musical style and Renaissance since after their first album Cirrus Bay went to completely female vocalists. I have known Cirrus Bay's front man Bill Gillham for many years. His roots into progressive rock go deep. So I am happy to review Cirrus Bay's latest offering entitled The Search For Joy. This is their 4th album release and it is a strong one at that. There are 8 tracks on this CD and they come to over 63 minutes of progressive music. The whole album is recorded and produced very well. Cirrus Bay has come a long way since their first debut album.

The Search For Joy has a number of tracks on it that to me really capture the Cirrus Bay sound. Among these tracks the first one that really caught my attention was Song Of The Wind. It is sweeping and has lots of feeling and is quite intricate. Anisha Norflet does the lead vocals for most of the songs on this album and does a nice job. Another track which I really like on this release is Me And Wokara. It has at least to me a somewhat Genesis feel to it. Cirrus Bay included a viola on this track which was something different and a nice surprise. Overall it's a great song. Track 7 is another song which took me by surprise. The August Zone is breathy and light. Sharra Acle does the lead vocals on this track. I also really liked the lyrics to this song.

Cirrus Bay had some guests included with this new release. Phil Mercy and Amy Darby from the British band Thieves Kitchen make an appearance on The Search For Joy. With this fourth album Cirrus Bay really have come into their own on the progressive rock stage. They are a band that offers something fresh and new in the progressive rock style of music. Hopefully we will see more of them in the years to come.

Sincerely Alex Brighenti

Briaz5000 | 5/5 |

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