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Billy Sherwood - Oneirology CD (album) cover

ONEIROLOGY

Billy Sherwood

 

Crossover Prog

3.04 | 5 ratings

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SouthSideoftheSky
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3 stars The Recurring Dream

Oneirology is the name of the scientific study of dreams. It is also the name of Billy Sherwood's fourth solo album which appeared in 2010. Oneirology was the follow-up to 2008's At The Speed Of Life, and between those two solo discs Billy had also been busy with Circa, who had released their second studio album HQ in 2009 as well as a live album and video, and in addition to that also a compilation of extra material in the same year appropriately called Overflow.

As the title of the album implies, Oneirology is a concept album about dreams. The album opens with the heavy but at the same time also uplifting title track which is in the style of New State Of Mind from Yes' Open Your Eyes album, or perhaps rather how that song would have sounded if Billy had sung it rather than Jon Anderson. This is my favourite track off Oneirology, sporting some superb Chris Squire-like bass lines and guitar work from the incredible one-man-band that is Billy Sherwood. Generally the better tracks are in the first half of the album, but the rest of the album is good as well and thoroughly enjoyable all the way.

Overall, Oneirology is as good as, if not better - and more progressive - than both At The Speed Of Life and Circa's HQ, but it is not as strong as Billy's first two solo albums.

SouthSideoftheSky | 3/5 |

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