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2.14 | 2 ratings | 1 reviews | 50% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 1998

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. No More Rain (11:54)
2. A Rose (5:36)
3. It's True (6:15)
4. So Soon (5:41)
5. Not Water (6:20)
6. Harvest (6:14)
7. So Pretend (6:09)
8. Swept Under (7:46)
9. Fairy Tale (4:31)

Total Time: 60:26

Line-up / Musicians

- David Kendall / all instruments

Releases information

CD Independent (1998)

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Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(50%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(0%)
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Review by apps79
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2 stars One-man project Root evolved out of a small trio in the Leicester area, where multi-instrumentalist David Kendall shared his musical vision with bassist Paul and drummer Daniel.They played live in local pubs and reached the Kerrang! pages with a demo, even when Paul was replaced by David's brother Shaun on bass, but the biggest blow came, when Daniel decided to leave.The trio formation never actually recovered and David was somewhat forced to continue this project alone.In 1998 he released his independent debut ''Dreams of green'', handling all instruments and vocals by himself.

Kendall is likely to have a PINK FLOYD poster in every corner of his house, the result here is fully FLOYD-ian, a type of atmospheric, mellow Progressive Rock, which is average at its best.Kendall has certainly put some serious effort on everything related to this album, the production, the instrumental execution and the mix, but the final feel will not be fully satisfying for the listener.It's kind of THE BODY proposal with light instrumental parts, some spacious keybards, mostly soft electric tunes and occasional guitar outbursts, flirting with the new Prog era of the British scene, but failing actually to be either memorable or instrumentally rich.Kendall's voice is bearable with an atmospheric, lyrical aura and his instrumental output contains electric and acoustic guitars, bass, synths, electric piano and drum programming, the latter being one of the biggest flaws of the album, yet the execution is on a decent level, having a slight Neo Prog vibe akin to acts such as LIKE WENDY or even Germans ABARAX.Among the pieces there are definitely some decent instrumental parts or melodies and I think a more focused attempt on a shorter and more detailed album would have worked better, because over an hour of music in this calm tempo is maybe too much.Lack of dynamics is another issue here, but on the other hand this is quite far from other disastrous one-man attempts I've listened in the past.

For fans of PINK FLOYD and their numerous, musically related one-man bands.Some electric solos, more uptempo parts and atmospheric keyboards are the best things this album has to offer, but there is a lot more work to be done on the way to progressive stardom...2.5 stars.

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