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SCREENS

District 97

 

Crossover Prog

3.89 | 9 ratings

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javajeff
4 stars District 97 sounds like no other band. The signature sound encapsulates the singing and phrasing of Leslie Hunt along with the compositions and impeccable drumming of Jonathan Schang. Jim Tashjian on Guitar has been there from the beginning, and never lets you down. This is a crossover prog band with heavy prog tendencies. Often the music is dark and heavy with some jazz undertones. With this new album Screens, District 97 adds some variety with songs like Bread & Yarn where Leslie is more of a background vocalist to some solid male vocals. It reminded me of Mostly Autumn in the way they use both types of vocals. The effect is captivating, and creates a memorable track in the middle of the album. The rest of the album is more accessible than previous efforts with a focus on songwriting. Trigger or Forest Fire is a prime example of this, and it is not necessarily a bad thing. However, it still has several tempo changes to keep the compositions interesting. The more I listen to it, the more it grows on me. Another solid effort from the band.
javajeff | 4/5 |

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