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The Underground Railroad


Eclectic Prog

3.26 | 28 ratings

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4 stars When "May-Fly" (3:52) starts to roll at my CD player, my first reaction about this album is something like Finneus Gauge or Echolyn's music with more ambient in textures. You might recall its similarity with Allan Holdsworth or even with Phish - even though the latter has wide range of music styles. For sure, the first track has given me a good impression of how good the quality of The Underground Railroad music is. I especially enjoy the combination of guitar and piano works.

"The Comprachinos of the Mind" (10:18) starts off with longs keyboard solo work followed with jazz-rock music style and unique singing style. This is typically similar with Allan Holdsworth's music. Keyboard plays important role as basic foundation of overall rhythm section while guitar inserts its solo augmented with keyboard - wonderfully. The music interlude offers guitar solo (howling sound) in ambient rhythm section. It's definitely like a Holdsworth's guitar solo. Next track "In The Factory" (5:35) starts off with inventive keyboard work in an excellent harmony. The music flows like a jazz-rock fusion music with long sustain keyboard as main rhythm section.

"The Doorman" (10:05) is another long track like second track with unique singing style. The music reminds me to the early music of Steve Hackett solo albums. This track is quite strange in terms of styles because at some segments remind me to the music of early Genesis but at another segments like Holdsworth solo album with interesting keyboard and drum solo.The concluding track and album title "Through and Through" (20:13) is an epic with various music styles. Sometimes it goes melodic and at other segments are a bit of avant- garde.

Overall, this is a good addition to any progressive music collection. This album is worth to purchase as the music is quite unique and sometimes it's difficult to classify what band that similar with this band. If you are hungry to explore, and be open mind with, wide variety of styles, this album would fulfill your needs. Keep on proggin' ..!

Peace on earth and mercy mild - GW

Gatot | 4/5 |


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