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IN THE SHADOWS

Rick Miller

Crossover Prog


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Windhawk
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3 stars Canadian artist, composer and musician Rick MILLER has been releasing music since the 80's, but started recording his particular brand of progressive rock in 2003. "In the Shadows" is his sixth art rock excursion to date, and was issued by the Russian label MALS Records in early 2011.

"In the Shadows" is arguably Rick Miller's most accessible album to date, featuring compositions of a straight-forward and ballad-oriented nature, with gentle symphonic backdrops and fragile instrumental details as essential building blocks. Not an album for those who have a need for challenging escapades, but those who have a taste for timeless and beautiful music inspired by the earliest pioneers of symphonic progressive rock should find this disc to be a charming acquaintance, especially those fond of smooth, melodic and most of all gentle music.

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Posted Saturday, August 27, 2011 | Review Permalink
Marty McFly
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3 stars Rick does it again, brings us accessible symphonic (but not Symphonic enough to be in S. Prog category) backed songs that are simply beautiful. Indeed, that's the word to describe them, because of how smoothly they flows, how you can close your eyes and let it take you down the stream of this Prog river. However, in this lies a problem, most of these songs are of a typical composition - piano, vocals, symphonic backing (e.g. - the songs simply sounds too much alike). But I suppose that's inevitable in this kind of music. At least "In the Shadows" is instantly recognizable.
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kev rowland
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5 stars 2011's 'In The Shadows' saw Rick move to the Russian Mals label, but apart from that it was pretty much a continuation from the previous album, except he also brought in Barry Haggerty who provided both Telecaster and Les Paul guitars. One might expect a more dominant guitar performance from this, but musically this is a direct follow-on from the previous album. given that I loved 'Falling Through The Rainbows', that can only be a good thing as far as I am concerned! Yet again we have plenty of symphonic Floyd style influences, mixed with elements of cat Stevens and Alan Parsons. These are relaxed songs with vocals at the centre, as opposed to long instrumental workouts. Those looking for lengthy guitar histrionics or shredding will have to look elsewhere, as this is all about albums that are reflective, with a fragility that makes them feel like a spider's web in the rain.

Incredibly melodic, there are times when the flute and mellotron combine to make me think of a fresh summer's day, and Rick's gentle vocals bring back memories of Greg Lake at his most pastoral.. There aren't too many harsh or heavy dynamics, and when the electric guitar is allowed some space it really does seem as if Gilmour is sat there with a smile on his face having fun. The complex layered arrangements, particularly among the vocals, may seem cloying and over the top to some, but to my ears it is absolutely perfect, and sat listening to this in the dark of the night seems the absolutely perfect time to be doing so. I sit here listening to this on repeat, nice large gin and tonic in hand, and have a great big smile on my face as it such a perfect album in oh so many ways.

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