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CHALLENGING GRAVITY

Steve Unruh

 

Prog Folk

4.05 | 50 ratings

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thedunno
4 stars Challenging gravity is the 8th solo album of multi-instrumentalist Steve Unruh. His solo albums are mainly in the acoustic folk-prog style and are all written, played and performed by himself.

There are two pitfalls for a such a solo artist 1 The records start to sound overproduced and lifeless because of spending too much time alone in the studio 2 The records sound samey because of the lack of outside influences

I can gladly say that Steve Unruh managed to avoid these pitfalls by a mile! The record sounds very energetic and fresh, like its been recorded live by a full band. At the same time the sound quality is amazing. Everything is recorded crystal clear with an amazing dynamic range.

The record is a development from his previous recording 'The great Divide". As much as I liked that one (his very best imho), I am still glad he didn't try to make the same record twice. On Challenging gravity Steve more then even presents himself as a progressive singer-songwriter. The songs are more compact (without getting less complex!) and the lyrics are more personal.

Other reviewers already already went into depth into the individual songs. All I can say is that Challenging gravity doesn't have one weak moment. The record simply ranks up with the best the man has recorded so far.

4,5 stars

Joost

thedunno | 4/5 |

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