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Cryptic Vision


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3.41 | 40 ratings

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5 stars Cryptic Vision has received enthusiastic press for this debut. and I'm going to add to it: This is an exciting, beautifully realized piece of work. The core of the band is Todd Plant on vocals, Rick Duncan on keyboards, guitars, drums, bass, and djembe and Robert Van Dyne on keyboards and guitars. Duncan is the chief songwriter here and his absorbing compositions are full of great hooks, soaring melodies, and skillful use of tension and release. I'm assuming Plant is responsible for the vocal arrangements, which through his own overdubs plus several backing vocalists, expand his pliant emotional voice into frequent, rapturous choruses. With their excellent, complex songcraft, multiple keyboards, and use of several violinists (including David Ragsdale), the music often recalls Kansas, while song structures, and those vocal arrangements, evoke Yes. But what's most appealing about Cryptic Vision - and it's a quality shared by those influences - is a heart- swelling positivism that hits the listener like a head rush. Inventive guitar work, cool organ solos and tremendous joy in music-making abound. Highly recommended.

Larry Nai, Progession Magazine

| 5/5 |


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