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Rick Miller


Crossover Prog

3.90 | 87 ratings

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5 stars RICK MILLER is a Canadian musician and composer who plays progressive rock music as he likes to define it, referring to GENESIS, PINK FLOYD and also citing THE MOODY BLUES. PORCUPINE TREE is also often spoken, perhaps their first compositions. An airy, fruity, melodic, sweet music with a melancholic line, very atmospheric in any case; some jazzy notes and others almost metal-progressive to spice up the notes a little; some meditative sounds too. It started in 1983 and has released good albums since the 2000s; here his 14th album in which he composed everything, music and speech; an album with finesse; He indeed intends to make music in this vein and he does it very well ... a little belief in the machine actually! 3 tracks are purely orchestral and give off a fairly pronounced ambient side. The titles have an obvious guideline with the two longer at the beginning and at the end, the others are quite short but are linked in an agreed and unstoppable order. There is an atmosphere ranging from the best ALAN PARSONS PROJECT, PINK FLOYD, PENDRAGON, the atmosphere quite dismal, cold but oh so melancholic in the good sense of the term of the best ANATHEMA. The instrumentation turns a little on the sound of AYREON when using the flute, a little of Steve HACKETT's guitar towards the 2nd part of the album. A digest of tunes from the albums of "The Wall", "And Then There Were Three", with these long orchestral symphonies embellished with keyboards.

The instrumental give a progressive dimension in the good sense of the term by letting your ideas, your dreams develop over the notes; it is not strictly speaking an innovative disc and completely apart, but much more the result of a digest of what Rick MILLER and you too must have heard for quite a few decades. A beautiful musical, orchestral synthesis.

alainPP | 5/5 |


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