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DANCING

Mike Keneally

 

RIO/Avant-Prog

3.98 | 16 ratings

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Evolver
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Crossover & JazzRock/Fusion Teams
3 stars While this is not a masterpiece like his first two albums, this Mike Keneally release certainly provides enough entertainment at many levels to make it worth hunting down.

Keneally has honed his style down, creating an album that, while more coherent (his early releases jumped maniacally from genre to genre, sometimes at lightning speed), manages to touch enough different styles, and include enough Zappa references, to satisfy this hungry progger.

Some of the high points to me are Pretty Enough For Girls, Taster and Brown Triangles, all with their share of the Zappa sound (Frank himself might have played the guitar solo on Taster, it's so good). But the best song is the frenzied Lhai Sal. A worthy song for any prog fan.

There are a few stinkers on this album. The opener, Live In Japan, based on a weak pun, is too mainstream, and Joe and Only Mondays, are just too light. And often, Keneally's free-form melodic style makes too many songs sound the same.

My copy has the bonus disk, Dancing With Myself, a live recording, two thirds of it has Keneally playing mostly songs from Dancing on solo guitar or piano, and the last third is the full band playing, with Keneally on a mostly effect-free guitar. It's nice, but I wouldn't say essential.

Evolver | 3/5 |

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