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Dean Watson


Jazz Rock/Fusion

3.82 | 52 ratings

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Marty McFly
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4 stars And as the name suggests, this music won't be calm, peaceful and resting, because this album is Unsettled. Even at first listen (or two), I didn't like first two songs, the more I'm listening to this album, the more I like them. And not just these two, most of this album does this "magic" for me, each of them tells its story.

It wouldn't be fair to say that The Push is just a jam song (as I heard somebody saying in connection with guys Portnoy & Rudess like music). It's the same thing as that The Godfather is just a film. Yes, but no. There are killer elements (killer rhythms, killer synths - that also reminds Elephant9-esque sound a little bit. Nothing too big, but it's nice).

Oh, there is also beauty (after the beast track) of Out of the Mist with its slow, gentle flow being there for almost 7 minutes only to be interrupted (for greater good?) by rocking reprise. Maybe it doesn't sound that unique, but believe me, it is. For about 6:30 of first part's length, the song structure is slowly changing, while repeatedly using similar pattern (but slightly changed, tiny differences there, small variations - great treat).

5(-), quality of technical side is clear to hear. Dean Watson is skilled musician and in the realm of one man projects, based on this album, he's one of the best ones. Maybe not unsettled, but rather uncompromising album this is, demanding a lot on listener.

But there's also human touch in these tracks (not literally speaking), for which this album is so interesting for me. It's sleeping beauty, or "grower" as some call it. It will grow on you.

Marty McFly | 4/5 |


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