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Von Hertzen Brothers


Crossover Prog

3.79 | 136 ratings

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4 stars Add equal parts complexity and accessibility into a bowl, stir vigorously.

That's essentially what you get with this, the newest release from Von Hertzen Brothers. I just recently decided to check out this band, after months of deliberation. Boy, do I feel silly for not getting into them sooner. I've thus far listened to their last three releases, from Approach in 2006 up to this, their newest release, in 2011. I've yet to be disappointed.

All of their albums are an absolutely wonderful mix of complex yet approachable songs; songs that could easily be appreciated by both progressive rock aficionados and those into the more accessible side of rock n' roll. You can tell these guys know how to play their instruments, and use them to their fullest extent, without ever delving into excess, as many prog rock bands tend to find themselves lost in. None of the songs on this album feel distended, and are only as long as they need to be... which is another thing this band excels at. This is also an album of catchy melodies, with *gasp* pop sensibilities! I'm sure many progheads would cry foul at the thought of such an idea, but I love it. In fact, I've actually shown this album to many of my non- proggy friends, and I have yet to get a complaint from any of them.

Standout tracks on this album include Miracle, Gloria, Voices in Our Heads, Angel's Eyes, and Bring Out the Snakes. The album as a whole is excellent, however, and there aren't any tracks I found to be particularly weak. It's an album of wildly varying styles and themes, so if you're looking for music with a lot of variety I'd say this is an excellent choice.

AgentSpork | 4/5 |


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