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Dan Bobrowski
Honorary Collaborator
3 stars The fine line between influence and imitation may be crossed here. Vocalist Andrew Goldhawk sounds so much like Geddy Lee that he may be trodding on sacred ground or even trademark territory. Goldhawk sounds like mid eighties, Geddy, to be specific. I don't find the vocals unpleasant, just a bit too similar to give the music of Singularity the credit it deserves. The band is tight, plays interesting melodies, engaging solos and songs that can stick in your head. It's possible that the band realised this and perhaps that is a factor in Goldhawk leaving the band after the Color of Space.

The only weakness on the album that stands out, is the lack of depth in the recordings. The production has a muffled quality. Their second effort, Between Sunlight and Shadow is much better in this department.

If you like ealry eighties Rush, and don't mind an imitative voice, you'll love this album. It stands as a kind of "lost" Rush album.

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Posted Tuesday, December 30, 2003 | Review Permalink
Easy Livin
Honorary Collaborator / Retired Admin
3 stars Not RUSHing back to the studio then?

This, Singularity's first album dates from 1999, but its sound is very much of the 80's or early 90's. This was the only album lead vocalist and bassist Andrew Goldhawk, recorded with the band which is a pity really as he has a strong, melodic vocal style.

The band's music is most often compared with RUSH, but there are also hints of SUPERTRAMP and NEKTAR in the tight melodies and strong hooks. On tracks such as "Mars Direct" the guitar work of Matt Zafiratos is to the fore, driven by a powerful but accomplished rhythm section. At times the music drifts towards prog metal territory, but Goldhawk's relatively high pitch and some fine synthesiser runs ensure that these tendencies are largely held at bay.

The tracks are generally well over 5 minutes, allowing the band members space to develop the themes well beyond the simple pop songs on which they appear to have been based. "Ebb and flow" for example has a superb piano section which underpins some fine guitar and dynamic vocal themes.

"Who we are", the track from which the album title is taken, is a slower reflective piece which drifts into the neo-prog territory of band such as JADIS and PENDRAGON. The string synth orchestration and the YES like themes combine with a wonderful synth solo to make for the best track on the album. CAMEL also comes to mind here, in part perhaps because they recorded a song of a similar title plus the vocals have a passing similarity.

The closing track "Lenses" runs to almost 16 minutes. While it is well up to the standard of the album as a whole, it probably does not justify its extended length, being similar in format to its predecessors. It does have some fine keyboard work again though.

"Color of space" is a highly accomplished album which indicates Singularity have significant potential. It is disappointing therefore that there has only been one further release from the band to date, but a new album is scheduled for release in 2007.

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Posted Friday, February 23, 2007 | Review Permalink
Mellotron Storm
3 stars My first reaction to listening to this record the first time was almost shock at how much the vocalist sounded like mid-eighties Geddy. And it wasn't just the vocals the singer also plays bass and plays it a lot like Geddy does. Besides a definite RUSH sound I think these guys also have a MARILLION influence. After many listens I can hear the differences between Geddy's vocals and Andrew's vocals now and actually prefer Andrews. Funny enough I also like this record better than a lot of the mid to late eighties RUSH albums.This one isn't as polished or as well produced but it's more upbeat. And as far as the instrumental work of these guys goes they are amazing. Even the lyrics are well above average.

The first track "Ripple In Time" is a mid paced, upbeat tune that brings RUSH to mind right away. It's on the light side. "Mars Direct" is an instrumental with a good guitar melody to open. I really like the drumming and this song. "Ebb And Flow" is filled with synths giving it a real eighties feel. Good tune."Who We Are" is mellow to open with reserved vocals and piano. Guitar and synths come in as it becomes a mid paced and at times intense song.

"Strange Attraction" has lots of tempo shifts with a powerful instrumental section that comes and goes. "Lenses" is the epic at over 15 minutes in length. Synths burst into the spacey intro and some great bass work is again a highlight. Some really good lead guitar as the bass throbs. Nice.This song features a few great sections of fat, throbbing bass especially when it is combined with the synths later in the song, although 14 minutes in the bass and drum melody may even top that.

It's too bad the the singer / bass player left after this one although his leaving sure helped the band capure and define their own sound more, and in the process distanced themselves from the RUSH copy cat allegations. I can easily recommend this one to any of you eighties RUSH fans out there. 3.5 stars.

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Posted Sunday, April 22, 2007 | Review Permalink
3 stars It's 1982 again.

Many said this is 'carbon copy' Rush mid 80's, but I see more the 79'-83' new wave trend here! Of course, the guitars has lots of chorus effect in them (a Lifeson trademark) but is it so obvious?

Honestly, no. At least not on every song.

Clearly Mars Direct and Ebb and Flow has a certain Rush 'click' but if I haven't read some reviews saying: 'it's so Rush this and Rush that...' , I wouldn't really noticed anything that much. Perhaps on certain moments you can pinpoint Power Windows or Signals but if you want a REAL Rush tribute, try Tiles or at least Enchant.

What I see more in this album is Ah-Ha (the vocals and good choruses in Ripples in Time), Duran Duran (Strat guitar riffs), The Cure (toms rolling, airy keyboards) and perhaps XTC and Flock of Seagulls. This is a real tribute to an era that clearly means a lot to the band.

Okay, don't buy this album thinking you'll live the Rush dream again, because I did and it's not that impressive; BUT it has enough hooks to make you sing out loud and press replay on your cd player. Great keyboards as usual, a large palette of sounds and good vocals (not like Geddy, sorry).

Singularity became my favorite band recently with their two other albums, but this one is convincing me that this is no ordinary band.

It's 1982 again...and it's good.

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Posted Wednesday, November 19, 2008 | Review Permalink
4 stars The North American band SINGULARITY in his first albun ' Color Of Space ", it presents a very similar characteristic sonority with RUSH (less heavy-prog than in albums as 2112, and less progressive than in "Permanent Waves" & "Moving Pictures" being half walks between both), Different from other North American band TILES ( as example the disk "Presents of the Mind", where the weight of the riffs and the musicians' virtuosity is unquestionable prominence), they end up walking for a sound a little more stepped on in a larger lightness of the arrangements giving a good emphasis to the keyboards without, however, to leave aside the bass duels and guitar. Another point that would like to mention is the musicians' performance that are not gotten to express an exacerbated virtuosity, are all excellent ones what contributed in a decisive way for the high level of the compositions. The disk all is very good and I can just detach slightly Tracks 2 "Mars Direct", 3 "Ebb and Flow" (with beautiful work of the keyboards and to 5 "Strange Atraction" with beautiful vocalizations and strong progressive content. My rate i 4 stars!!!
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Posted Sunday, July 11, 2010 | Review Permalink

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