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Dave Kerzner

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4 stars From the first song "Stranted", we could easily ask our self if we are listening to David Gilmour, but then in the middle, here's the real Steve Hackett with a beautiful guitar solo taken from "Voyage of Acolyte". "Into the Sun" continue with more Floydish moody sound, then it gets heavier and faster, a simple song. In the song "The Lie", you can hear Yogi Lang of RPWL, but am I wrong, he is not really there as guest vocalist! The song "Under Control" brings some darker mood with a meaner voice from the perfect imitator Dave Kerzner. Nice atmosphere and chorus, it's easy too sing along. The song "Crossing of Fates" bring something new with the keyboards sound that take the Eloy's spacey sound and it's instrumental. The vocals are back with "My old friend", there is some acoustic guitar and some exotic chant in the background. In the song "Ocean of Stars", you won't resist to the irresistible melody. "Solitude" show the piano and the choir like it was almost a copy of Pink Floyd "Dark Side of the Moon". The song "Nothing" starts like a ELO's song, catchy song again with a Steve Howe guitar solo that take us back to "Relayer". The song "New World" is a throwback to the 70's and 80's, it's not progressive but very melodic and well done. And if it wasn't enough, the end of the album is a 17 minutes epic with Steve Hackett back with more RPWL influence, some cinematic passages and a display of many guests vocalists ending this beautiful tribute album to the progressive rock of the past. The only fault of this album is that it the music has been inspired by the great prog bands of the past. It's almost like as a profane you came across a painting and couldn't tell if it's a copy or the real thing, but you like it anyway.
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Posted Sunday, January 25, 2015 | Review Permalink
Tony R
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4 stars Any Colour You Like (as long as it is Pink)

Tremendously entertaining Prog album from Kerzner, a sort of Alan Parsons for the new millenium. It is impossible to get away from the Pink Floyd influences painted with broad brush strokes across every inch of the album so if that is going to irritate you then steer clear. There is very little originality in terms of the music but sonically Kerzner is a wizard at finding interesting ways to elevate the (relatively) mundane into a neat set piece or tour de force. There's also a who's who of Prog luminaries involved including the ubiquitous Steve Hackett and Francis Dunnery plus cameos by Keith Emerson and Colin Edwin. It's an unabashed slice of Prog popcorn and should appeal to anyone who can get over the fact that it wallows joyfully in its influences.

Normally I would give 3 stars to this kind of thing but it's done so well and sounds so good that it gets the 4 star salute here.

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Posted Thursday, May 14, 2015 | Review Permalink
4 stars This must be one of my top ten prog albums of all time. I had never heard of Dave Kerzner before and I read about him in the Big Big Train community on Facebook. From the first cord it strikes me that I have heard this before. Pink Floyd, Alan Parsons, Genesis, RPWL. Steve Hackett is actually playing on a couple of tracks. But this is just good prog music. All the musicians are playing very well, but the drummer Nick D'Virgilio from Spock's Beard is just fantastic. Sounds like he's got more than two arms and two legs. He is all over the place. The melodies are great and we have to suffer through some noisy parts just to end up with the most harmonic guitar solos that you can think of. Goosebumps!
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Posted Sunday, October 4, 2015 | Review Permalink

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