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4 stars Moon Safari's "Himlabacken I", Ozric Tentacles' "Strangitude", Spock's Beard's "V", Just about anything I know by Gentle Giant, It Bites' "Once Around the World", some Peter Gabriel Genesis, a bit of Dixie Dregs, and some early Barenaked Ladies. If you could pick and choose some of this, a heap of that, a dash of this, a spoonful of that from the list above you might well come up with this album by Echolyn. The music moves and rolls and the vocals and harmonies dart in and out, soar over top, and bounce along the surface in a way that makes this feel a bit like a work of progressive show tunes music. The lyrics can be straightforward or quirky, the singing aggressive like an angry folk artist or smoothly harmonized like a capella but backed by a music band. There's a distinctive mood and flavour to the album so that in a way you may feel like you've gone to see a musical for the visually impaired.

I had listened to samples of Echolyn before and had been considering on and off to buy one of their albums. But after I read about this album in Stephen Lambe's book about progressive rock, I decided to just go ahead and order it. The new release I have doesn't come with the original cover pictured above but there's a second disc that's a DVD from some concert they performed (which I haven't had a chance to watch yet).

This may not be everyone's cup of prog but it is a well-crafted album. Certainly when one is in the mood, this can be an enjoyable and entertaining serving of music in which to indulge oneself. A sign that prog was on the way up once again in the 90's.

FragileKings | 4/5 |


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