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The Psychedelic Ensemble



3.77 | 84 ratings

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5 stars If Little Bo Peep wed Little Boy Blue would she be Little Bo Peep Blew?

The mysterious TPE weaves a rich tapestry of classical chamber, symphonic prog, and jazz into a varied, cohesive Mother Goose concept album. The cryptic melancholy of "Farewell" left Humpty Dumpty all broken up, so Simple Simon says. The blind mice saw nothing, said nothing, remaining mute, throughout a melodious gem of a piano laden instrumental.

Mother's Rhymes is my first and only contact with The Psychedelic Ensemble. If TPE's previous albums radiate Mother's Rhymes' majesty, than color me, overnight fan girl.

I'm extremely impressed with TPE's composition abilities. Every song memorable, unique, catchy, yet proggy. The sequencing and flow are superb. Mother's Rhymes showcases chamber music, several subgenre's of jazz, and prog. And he's got the chops, vision, and ability to make it shine. TPE's vocals remind me of Ian Anderson's. He incorporates female vocals for Little Bo Peep. Extraordinary use of violin and strings. Resplendent keys vary from classical to bebop, from Keith Emerson-ish, to folky. The acoustic and electric guitar work is focused, whimsical, and necessary. Mother's Rhymes feels more optimistic than most modern prog. Candidate for my album of the year. Bravo maestro, whoever you are. You virtuoso!

omphaloskepsis | 5/5 |


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