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3.28 | 12 ratings | 6 reviews | 17% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2020

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Once Again (5:15)
2. 2020. Hopes and Alarms (3:39)
3. Last Hope (6:54)
4. Pilot. Dream (3:30)
5. Tension (6:39)
6. Pilot. Conceit (2:49)
7. Flywheel (6:27)
8. Pilot. Anticipation (4:24)
9. 2020. Move On (8:37)
10. Pilot. Triumph (3:09)
11. Everlasting Quest (bonus track) (6:00)

Total Time 57:23

Line-up / Musicians

- Victor Go / vocals and instruments

Releases information

The Leap is the fourth studio album by Victor Go, Ukrainian prog-rock musician who experiments with styles, sounds and instruments. It consists of 8 vocal and 3 instrumental tracks. 10 pieces are the parts of 2020 Pilot conception. One song at the end is a bonus track. If you like old school prog legends and neo-prog bands as well you definitely find this album interesting.

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VICTOR GO The Leap ratings distribution

(12 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(17%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(25%)
Good, but non-essential (42%)
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Review by DamoXt7942
FORUM & SITE ADMIN GROUP Avant/Cross/Neo/Post Teams
3 stars "The Leap" released in early 2020 sounds like kinda one-man-show by a multi-instrumentalist Victor GO. His musical characteristic can be explained as 'music polymers with different melodic components along with simple rhythmic lines', let me say, and this creation is clearly expressed as mentioned above. Basically it's quite a tough work (and simultaneously a niche) for Crossover Prog artists to merge pop essence into complicated sound description, and sounds like he would try to do it hard in this opus.

For example, in the first shot "Once Again" catchy flower-ful phrases based upon a bit complex melody lines can be heard, that reminds me of something like symphonic Genesis or Gentle Giant (oh yes it's said he's inspired such great symphonic vanguards). You could feel of so-called stability even in phrasal eccentricity. And "2020" would have been one of his hopes and movements ... the current situation all over the world is a disaster for every artist though ... in "Hopes And Alarms" are his gentle keyboard works plus lyrical uptempo music-water flows. "Move On" reveals exciting atmosphere via acceptable sound fruits.

"Pilot" suites are other appearances of Victor. Guess he weave into his mental, spiritual, and of course auditory impressions, just as the subtitles "Dream ~ Conceit ~ Anticipation ~ Triumph" says (anyway I love soundscape upon "Conceit", not only dark, depressive but also strict, unmovable). The last "Everlasting Quest" sounds like an expression of his final settlement in the rock scene, flooded with challenging but rewarding opportunities. Cannot avoid his sound essence is puddled with Pioneers' music element pieces but vitality and vivacity for progressive rock of this versatile artist should be enchanting.

Review by Matti
3 stars I have very mixed feelings on this album. No, I definitely don't consider this music bad. It's just that there's something to irritate me on a purely subjective level. It mostly concerns the vocals that have a slightly artificial, technically treated tone. Victor Go from Ukraine kindly sent me not only this new album but also Going for the Sense (2018; one of the three albums releaded that year!) which I actually prefer, due to a larger portion of instrumentals.

His music is modern-sounding and, despite highly sophisticated, small-scale complex musical texture, quite poppy in the overall atmosphere, especially when it has vocals. Prefab Sprout with a proggiet twist. On the instrumentals the classic prog influences (that are emphasized on the artist bio and some reviews) are more audible, for example twisted rhythms and some nods to Keith Emerson on keyboards, but I don't much sense Symphonic Prog flavour. A little bit of Fusion spirit I do hear. There's no denying Victor Go is a gifted one-man- band and producer.

This album is almost 58 minutes long and it has 11 tracks. It would help a lot if they would at least flow more seamlessly. I get a feeling that all songs sound quite the same. There are no memorable melodies, nor do the lyrics have any emotional connection to me (which again doesn't mean they're objectively pointless). The worst thing however is the constant use of autotune or whatever device instead of normal acoustic recording of vocals. As an instrumental album I surely would enjoy it more. For all the professionalism in playing and producing I round my 2,5 stars upwards.

Review by BrufordFreak
COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
4 stars Very good, very interesting and diverse Neo Prog from Ukrainian veteran. I hear Keith Emerson, Pendragon, Andy Didorenko, and many classic and classy Neo Prog hooks and tricks in this music. Victor is definitely a gifted composer and engineer--the sound mixing (and choice of instrumental palettes) are always a notch above average or classic Neo Prog. Emerson keys, fretless Jeff Berlin-like bass, solid somewhat-Bruford/Alan White-like drums; and Allan Holdsworth-like electric guitar with vocals all over the place.

1. "Once Again" (5:15) nice catchy pop-prog. The instrumental parts are interesting and refreshing. The nasal vocal tone needs some getting used to. (8/10)

2. "2020. Hopes and Alarms" (3:39) A top three song for me. (9.5/10)

3. "Last Hope" (6:54) excellent prog song with a slightly dated keyboard sound palette. Once the vocals enter I find myself reminded of some of JON ANDERSON's solo material as well as a lot of JOHANNES LULEY's projects. (13/15)

4. "Pilot. Dream" (3:30) slow building atmospheric instrumental--until the dance hall rhythm tracks of the third minute. Interesting and fresh! (9/10)

5. "Tension" (6:39) piano-bouncing classic rock foundation given a barrage of proggy incidentals. Vocal is like one of THE PSYCHEDELIC ENSEMBLE's poorer ones. (8.5/10)

6. "Pilot. Conceit" (2:49) a jazzier, almost ADIEMUS/World Beat take on the "pilot" themes. Cool! (8.75/10)

7. "Flywheel" (6:27) A tension-filled, top-notch Neo Prog song and one of my top three. Victor's best vocal tracks on the album. (9.25/10)

8. "Pilot. Anticipation" (4:24) very cinematic. Good. ALAN PARSONS PROJECT/TONY PATTERSON-like. (8.75/10)

9. "2020. Move On" (8:37) what if Keith Emerson played with BRUFORD instead of Dave Stewart? This is what we might have gotten. 80s YES/ASIA-ish bombast for the second half. Such an amazing imitation! Also reminded of JON ANDERSON/TREVOR RABIN-era YES. (18.5/20)

10. "Pilot. Triumph" (3:09) a little hokey in its Broadway pit-orchestra imitation, yet competently executed. Unfortunately, the vocal takes away a little. (8.25/10)

11. "Everlasting Quest" (Bonus Track) (6:00) electronica? Kind of. If you combined 1978 jazz fusion with Klaus Schulze, this might've been what you got. Interesting, to be sure. (8.75/10)

Total Time 57:58

Victor Go has the unusual talent of being able to successfully forge multiple familiar musical styles and instrumental styles into interesting and engaging songs. Very well worth your while to check out for yourselves--especially if you like solving musical puzzles/games (e.g. "Where have I heard that before?") My suggestion to Victor: experiment with guest vocalists to sing your songs; you might find it adds new life, new dimensions to your music.

B+/4.5 stars; a near-masterpiece of progressive rock music.

Review by TCat
FORUM & SITE ADMIN GROUP Eclectic / Prog Metal / Heavy Prog Team
3 stars To start off, I should send a personal apology to the artist because it has taken me more time than usual to post a review on this album after his request. There are three reasons for this: 1) the postal service, 2) personal events and 3) wanting to give the album a fair review after several listenings. It's combined complexity and pop style is to be admired, but not always to my taste.

After releasing 3 albums in 2018, we finally have a release (in 2020) from Victor Go, a multi-instrumentalist from Ukraine. Victor has been involved with other Ukrainian artists, including the founder of "Modern Rock Ensemble". On this new album named "The Leap", Victor uses his compositional and instrumental skills to compose a semi-thematic album with some complex, yet very pop sounding tracks. It is not an easy task to accomplish, yet he shows off his talent in these two areas which results in some nicely, bright tracks.

In contrast to his earlier album "Going for the Sense", this time he also includes his own vocals on most of the tracks. This is where this album falters as his vocal production here is enhanced by electronic effects, and this results in a starchy sound that really affects the overall quality of the album. The vocals sound very nasally, fake and almost completely without emotion. This is quite unfortunate because the composition of the tracks is quite good.

The album tracks are organized by beginning with what would be considered a major track and then following this up with a track that are more like an "intermezzo". The rest of the album follows in this pattern. Two suites are broken up throughout the album, one titled "2020" and the other one titled "Pilot", and these tracks that make up the suites are actually the intermediate tracks that lie between the major, longer tracks.

Personally, I find the shorter, instrumental tracks to be more enjoyable than the tracks that are supposed to be the more important tracks mostly because of the vocals. Another reviewer suggested using other vocalists to sing and I would have to agree with this. Either that or return to the more instrumental style of "Going for the Sense". The vocals leave a lot to be desired, and actually drag the album down.

However, the longer tracks still manage to have some nice instrumental breaks in them and that is what keeps me listening. For example, in "Tension", there is some nice piano and synthesizer work, and in "Once Again", there is some nice heavy guitar sound in there that give the tracks some nice variety.

Once the album is finished, even after multiple listenings, it seems to be difficult to find anything that stands out, however. The nice musical passages sound great while you are listening, but in the end, the listener can be left feeling unfulfilled as there is nothing really memorable. I believe the artist is on the right track here as is evidenced in his compositional skill and his instrumental work. But, it would be better to have un-enhanced vocals done by other vocalists with a lot more dynamic in the overall album. When all is said and done, I can't help but agree with what most of the other reviewers have felt about the album.

Review by kev rowland
3 stars As is often the case these days, Victor contacted me through FB and asked if I would be interested in hearing his new album. Seeing as how I have a personal policy of always reviewing anything when an artist contacts me directly, it was an easy answer, so now I am listening to what is an intriguing and interesting album. This is the fourth album from Ukrainian multi-instrumentalist Victor Go and comprises eight songs with vocals and three without. It is probably the vocal treatment which is probably going to get the most criticism from some as they have obviously been quite heavily treated. I do not know if this is due to Victor having poor vocals or is because he is looking for a deliberate sound. I think it is probably due to the latter as opposed to the former, and they are not an issue for me as it is so obvious ? very different today to many of today's (non-prog) "singers" who use auto-tune as they are unable to hit a note and are generally in the charts due to the way they look/dance and studio trickery as opposed to any innate musical ability.

This is a solid crossover album, mixing progressive rock and more commercial sounds, and while in many ways it owes much to the Nineties' Neo Prog scene, there is also much here which is somehow reminiscent of Camel. I particularly like the use of fretless bass and the sliding in for some of the notes, as that provides some wonderful warmth against the multi-layered keyboards and guitars. The use of acoustic guitar here and there is also a nice touch, as is synthesised violin, and numbers such as "Pilot: Dream" are delicate and fresh. There is not a great deal of breadth and depth to the album, but it is certainly an enjoyable release, containing different elements which mean that while not indispensable it is also something that should not be dispensed with on first hearing as the more it is played the more there is to be obtained from it.

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4 stars This album reminds me of a lemon. You cut a slice, then you squeeze it to extract the juice which will have Pop Art flavors with the vocal resemblances of PREFAB SPROUT (excellent group!), You recover the pulp as an instrumental texture with YES tinsel, you peel a zest whose yellow color will evoke ... (read more)

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