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Fair To Midland


Crossover Prog

4.09 | 93 ratings

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5 stars There is something to be said about the importance of this album, this is a piece of art that was refined and cleaned for the purpose of well mixed listening. A few of these songs, such as "Kyla Cries Cologne" are re-recordings from a previous album called Inter.funda.stifle

The album opens with the track that is nothing short of greatness and vocals that will knock your socks off. "Dance of the Manatee" kicks off with good riffing and catchy octaves of guitar, followed by Darroh Sudderth's impeccable voice that catches your attention, once he has your attention; he hits you with his range which is larger than Mount St. Helens. When the song finally reaches Climax, Darroh releases the kraken with a monstrous roar that is very specific to Andrew himself. The song does a good job of give and take with Dynamics.

The second track "Kyla Cries Cologne" is an extremely good choice to put as the second song, With the placement being where it is, it is complemented by the intro that sets up the verse perfectly. All together, this song is a pure example of the talent which they have when it comes to musical structure. This version contains second chorus high-notes that have the ability to leave a listener not only impressed, but with a sense of accomplishment. One thing I have to mention is the work of Matt Langley on keys, which played a great role in this song.

"The Wife, The Kids, and the White Picket Fence" is the ballad of the album that provides lyrical content that is poetic and memorable. such as: "Between you and me from point A to point B, is a fine line that burns at both our good ends." The lyrical content has the ability to make minds go into a deep sense of curiosity that ties a song, to a place in one's heart.

At this point in the album, it is time to point out Brett Stowers, which provides exceptional drum work on the track "April Fools and Eggmen". Folks, these choruses are strong. They are solid and the creativity shows.

"A Seafarers Knot" shows how Darroh ensures that a good vocal melody doesn't need to be rushed. Darroh is very smart when it comes to writing vocal melodies, Which also starts out with the heaviest intro of this album.

"A Wolf Descends Upon the Spanish Sahara" Is an absolute gem. It starts off with a very ominous yet relaxing intro that goes into the beautiful verse provided with gorgeous vocals. The prechorus/bridge provides a great set up for the chorus, which like I've mentioned before, is VERY strong. When the song dies down Darroh let's out a weeping and strong belt that shows great emotion. The layering is awesome.

Let's talk about diversity, "Walls of Jericho" kicks off with an intro by Cliff Campbell which is rhythmically genius. This song is the song that Serj sang with them live on a show. Which does not surprise me given that it has every aspect that is desired in a song. The bass parts which are played by Jon Dicken are absolutely essential in this song

As much as I try not to repeat myself, It's hard not to talk about ANY of these songs without talking about these Choruses, which are the best in prog. In "Tall Tales Taste Like Sour Grapes" Mr Sudderth doesn't give you break from his awesome choruses. And to be honest, I am proud of it.

"Upgrade^Brigade"is another song that was rerecorded, and man am I glad it was, I love every single version of these songs, but the sound being as refined as it is makes it really precise and special.

as we get to the ending "Say When" is a song that speaks as an ending, almost like when a hero saves the day and the credits are rolling.

5 stars is something that isn't easy for me to give, but today I give credit where credit is due. This album is history. Regardless of popularity, this album will be remembered.

Fair to Midland, 5 stars. Thank you

progshavedice | 5/5 |


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