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TWO LITTLE AWAKENINGS

Steve Unruh

 

Prog Folk

3.89 | 10 ratings

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infandous
4 stars That one person can create such an incredible album by himself while not even being a full time musician is enough to make this album worth hearing.

First off though, let me point out that this 2 CD version is no longer in print and never will be again. Steve remastered this album and made it one CD version. The track list for this (and what I'll be reviewing) is as follows:

1. Scenes From The Mirror (17:08) 2. World, Awake (7:00) 3. Two Little Awakenings (17:51) 4. From The Flowered Chair (4:43) Resolution (34:46) 5. Part 1 6. Part 2 7. Part 3

I've never heard the original 2 CD version, but this seems far more manageable to me. And a great album it is as well. First off, I'm not sure what the remastering did exactly, but the sound quality is excellent. Every instrument comes through clearly and the mix is very even and balanced.

As for the music, it is folk prog with an emphasis on the PROG. Obviously, the 34 minute Resolution is the standout track for me. Excellent lyrics, transitions, flow, and lots of time changes and complex rhythmic and melodic development. The ending is such a typical bombastic prog type ending that I can't help but smile every time I hear it. Outstanding piece of music. The title track is my other favorite, being more of a complete song that just happens to be nearly 18 minutes long (as opposed to a suite type structure like Resolution). It flows beautifully with great lyrics and great melodies. The first track is similar, but not quite at the same level IMO, but still a very good song. The other two songs are much more in the realm of pop songs, but are very good in that regard. Catchy, with again great lyrics, and a somewhat simplified structure and melodies. Not my favorite kind of songs, but still good nonetheless.

The only real criticism I can muster is that the vocals, while good, are a bit weak for some of the material. Also, it doesn't sound quite as perfectly produced as some more recent prog albums, but considering it was recorded at a home studio back in 2001, this is easily forgiven. A solid 4 stars without a doubt. I'll definitely be picking up more of Steve's music in the near future.

infandous | 4/5 |

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