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Aaron English


Crossover Prog

3.56 | 5 ratings

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4 stars Out of nowhere comes this record from Seattle-based artist Aaron English. And oh boy - this is not music you would expect to come from that place, that's for sure.

Aaron English music is heavily based on the piano - with a plethora of instruments allowed to fill out the textures of the songs, and in some cases also allowed to be the central instrument. Electric guitars, violin, synth - even a didgeridoo can be heard in some of the songs.

Describing the music as such is difficult. Throughout the album the mood of the songs are generally melancholic, and sometimes sad. This is music for dark autumn evenings, for red wine and remembering the past - or just daydreaming.

As far as stylistic expression goes: Imagine Billy Joel or Elton John collaborating with a world music ensemble, and you're close, at least if you can put it inside an art pop context. As a singer Aaron English hasn't got a great voice, but it suits his music. The closest comparison I can think of is Peter Gabriel.

The album as a whole is good. A few fillers, quite a few good songs, and truly remarkable item: Mandeleine, a sad and haunting song with Celtic and Irish influences. Other personal highlights are Sea of Nectar, The Lullaby of Loneliness and Ghost is Broken. But all in all this is an album with solid songs throughout, few of which can be said to be much better nor worse than others.

Windhawk | 4/5 |


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