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Moon Letters


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3.91 | 27 ratings

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4 stars

Until They Feel the Sun is an excellent recording. All of the elements of the progressive rock genre are explored in depth and put together to create a singular sound with a tinge of the Celtic sensibility. The songs have an adventurous, stream of consciousness feel to them. The vocals present a heartfelt, clear, distinctive sound. Orchestral elements abound with vintage synths, vocotrons, mellotrons and acoustic flute while the rhythm section puts out excellent grooves and composed lines that have a big sound, sometimes pushing into heavier territory.

What is Your Country, a song reminiscent of the ancient troubadours, creates a far off, dreamy atmosphere using breathy vocal harmonies and ocean-side sound effects. On the Shoreline starts with a common opening chord progression, spinning it out in an unusual, beautiful way. Those Dark Eyes takes a bit of a different approach, with a 7/8 groove that starts small and builds subtly through the first half of the piece. The song then breaks open into theatrical melodic passages and throws in a colorful straight ahead rock groove before it ends. It's All Around You...all it needs is Justin Hayward to transport us back to 1970. The wealth of creativity and variety alone make this recording a worthwhile listen.

The tendency for the bass and guitar lines to double can be troubling. This tendency is a stark contrast to most of the music coming from greats like Yes and Gentle Giant, where these voices mostly play very different parts. It is more reminiscent of the early Rush recordings with vocals and bass doubling the melodic lines, missing out on the opportunity to expand the music contrapuntally, Sometimes the drumming here might present more of a rhythmic contrast as well.

Many of these songs are worth lots of airplay, especially the ones mentioned above. The excellent artistry, musicianship, enthusiasm and joy displayed on Until They Feel the Sun combine to create a wonderful musical experience.

rmurv | 4/5 |


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