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3.44 | 6 ratings | 2 reviews | 0% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2010

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Here's to Yesterday (3:45)
2. Watershed (5:24)
3. Swift Skiis (3:39)
4. Wooden Rainbow (3:02)
5. Color the Eclipse (4:38)
6. Quiet Night in the Country (1:13)
7. Cascades Theme (5:27)
8. Feast of Bread (0:41)
9. With the Red Sun (4:41)
10. Light the Fire, My Brother (4:47)
11. Restless Slumber (1:31)
12. Legend (3:34)

Total time 42:22

Line-up / Musicians

- Jonathan Spruance / organ, guitar, bass, moog, keyboard, drums, percussion
- Sean Robinson / flute, percussion, drums
- Various other contributing musicians

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TAIGA Twelve Sketches ratings distribution

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Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(0%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(80%)
Good, but non-essential (20%)
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SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Crossover & JR/F/Canterbury Teams
3 stars Multi-instrumentalist Jonathan Spruance seems to have nearly everything he needs to create some successful prog rock music. He has some writing skills. He seems to be competant enough on a wide array of instruments, and has friends to fill in some of the gaps. But there is something missing on this, the first, and as yet the only release from his creation, Taiga.

The songs are somewhat interesting as they are, if not a bit repetitious (I find that some of the themes in different tracks sound all too similar). They create a moody listening environment, that draws the listener in. The problem is, once drawn in, there is not a whole lot inside. Spruance is a fine composer, and creates great rhythm tracks for his songs. But what he needs is a soloist who can take the music to the next level.

That said, there is a nice short piece, Feast Of Bread, that sounds very much like a mellotron, followed by an excellent Canterbury flavored With the Red Sun.

If Spruance can build upon his ideas, he can create some excellent albums.

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4 stars Twelve Sketches sounds like a clear homage to the wonderful 70's recording of Bo Hansson, so a categorization of Symphonic Prog wouldn't be too far off here as well. I wouldn't be surprised to read an interview with Jonathan Spruce and hear that he intentionally tried to create a follow-on album ... (read more)

Report this review (#1596075) | Posted by dsbenson | Monday, August 8, 2016 | Review Permanlink

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