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The Flying Caravan


Crossover Prog

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Beautiful Scarlet
3 stars This album is almost 100 minutes long?

So what one should expect is pretty soft fusion with Fleetwood Mac and plenty of time for instruments to strut there stuff.

Get Real is an instrumental song that wouldn't be out of place on a 70s Camel album, pretty chill stuff it's nice. I like the abrupt guitar solo towards the end.

Flying Caravan begins with acoustic guitar strumming away, thumping kick drum and bombastic moog. Electric guitar replaces the acoustic guitar shortly and vocals join shortly. The singer is a female who sings in a classic rock tradition reminding me of Fleetwood Macs chiller tunes. Keyboard lead lines are very bright and chipper, just like the entire song.

Upstream To Manonash starts romantically, string synths and sexy bass. When the singing begins it is delivered over a slow rhythm and fits the atmosphere well. A Santana esque guitar solo goes well later in the song.

Loves Labour Mislaid begins with acoustic guitar and oohs. This one follows the mold of the previous two songs. There is a nice rhythmic part for this songs bridge that goes into a keyboard solo.

The Bumpy Road To Knowledge begins with ambient pads. Quiet bass and organ come in soon and eventually the kind of Moog solo where you scrunch your eyes as you play it begins. Singing then comes in over acoustic guitar arpeggios bass and drums. Flute joins in around five minutes and the song picks up. A brief pause for one saxophone note and the chiller vocal parts come back. Guitar joins the mix, taking the flutes space. A brief pause again for a note of keyboard then the vocals again. At ten minutes listeners are granted a smooth jazz sax solo. Male vocals then come in over energetic electric guitar power chords and are in time replaced by electric lead guitar. At fourteen minutes the song ends, but no it still has more, slowly strings and stately percussion build up for a pastoral flute/singing conclusion. Gotta say this song is way too long for what it is.

Now the 35 minute long suite???..

A Fairy Tale For Grown Ups

A Fairy Tale For Grown Ups Part 1 begins with strummed acoustic guitar so high on the fretboard it sounds like a ukulele. Piano then takes its place. Halfway the band begins to play together, one of the jazziest parts of the album.

A Fairy Tale For Grown Ups Part 2 I don't enjoy the way these two songs are linked, the previous track loses all its energy to pretty much repeat the process except now they're singing.

A Fairy Tale For Grown Ups Part 3 the transition on this one is better. Anyways the track starts with acoustic guitar and happy keyboard that is replaced by vocals. There is a bit of scatting for a short bridge, decent amount of guitar soloing. It all just leads back to the singing.

A Fairy Tale For Grown Ups Part 4 fluid transition into this one which begins with airy vocals and harmonics on guitar. Then a brief guitar solo and vocals again but with bass/drums. Organ drone interlude then vocals again plus organ in the background.

A Fairy Tale For Grown Ups Part 5 starts with bass and e piano jazzing it up. Drums come in to rock the jazz and guitar alternates with keyboards, sorta.

A Fairy Tale For Grown Ups Part 6 starts with guitar strumming and male/female vocals. This one is more rock then the previous track. Begins with guitar arpeggios on acoustic guitar and male/female vocal harmonies. This one is folksier. The basses entrance is well timed and adds some flavour. Piano comes halfway through to introduce a more upbeat section.

Honestly this suite should have been an album itself.

The Bumpy Road To Knowledge (Alt) is the last track. It begins with ambient sounds and as far I could tell was the same as the original.

Overall this is a solid debut that I think fans of Melodic Symphonic Progressive Rock would really enjoy.

Beautiful Scarlet | 3/5 |


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