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3RDegree - Narrow-Caster CD (album) cover




Crossover Prog

3.69 | 65 ratings

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Mellotron Storm
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4 stars It's been a pleasure listening to this cd the last week or so. This album is like a glass of cold water on a hot day, yeah it's very refreshing. Lets see now, we've got these well crafted songs with intelligent, clever and at times humerous lyrics. We've got 4 guys who play their instruments very well, and a singer who ties it all together with his wide array of vocal styles.

"Apophenia" opens with this heavy soundscape that sounds fantastic as the rough vocals arrive. The chorus is a different story with the lighter sound and smooth vocals. The contrasts continue. Love the dreamy interlude 2 1/2 minutes in. It kicks back in a minute later. Passionate vocals end it. "It Works" is jazzy to start with light drums and piano melodies. Reserved vocals join in. The sound does get fuller and check out the bass and organ before 2 minutes. A catchy sound with backup vocals before 4 minutes is a nice touch. "Narrow-Caster" took me by surprise the first time I heard it.That word refreshing comes to mind.This is such an infectious track with this cool groove to it. I like the tone of the guitar solo 1 1/2 minutes in.This is a song that brightens my mood. "Live With This Forever" has some good bottom end to it and I like the organ runs as well. Vocals before a minute. Check out the snarly bass (hi Robert) after 2 1/2 minutes and I like the guitar before 3 1/2 minutes.

"Cautionary Tale" opens with a cool vocal arrangement before a good beat takes over. The vocals shine as usual but the rhythm section really grabs my attention on this one. Check out the drum work after 4 minutes to the end ! "The Proverbial Banana Peel" is a nasty tune where they get down and dirty. Heavy riffs come and go. I like when they slow it down after 2 1/2 minutes but the sludge continues. "Young Once" is one of my favourites both lyrically and musically. Vocals and strummed guitar to start before the sound gets fuller on the chorus.The guitar makes some noise before 2 1/2 minutes followed by a spacey calm. Time for reflection. "Scenery" is my least favourite although the song gets better as it plays out for me. "Free For All" opens with some mean bass lines before the drums and guitar join in. Vocals follow. The chorus is lighter. The vocals are really impressive during the heavy sections. "The Last Gasp" opens with fragile and theatrical vocals with a pulsating rhythm. The sound and the vocals both get fuller. The contrast continues. Some orchestral-like sounds before 3 minutes.

A solid 4 stars and thanks for the drink guys.

Mellotron Storm | 4/5 |


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