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US outfit RED ORCHID is the creative vehicle of vocalist, guitarist and composer Sanmeet Sidhu. Joined by drummer Tom Dupree, keyboardist Rick Stu and bassist Steven X an album's worth of material was recorded assembled in 2009. With Red Orchid as the moniker, the final product was issued in December 2009 as Sky Is Falling.

Sidhu describes the music as compositions encompassing progressive writing with accessible song arrangements, and also features elements from Indian music incorporated into a few select efforts.

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2.29 | 9 ratings
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3.10 | 10 ratings
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 Sky Is Falling by RED ORCHID album cover Studio Album, 2009
2.29 | 9 ratings

Sky Is Falling
Red Orchid Crossover Prog

Review by Mellotron Storm
Prog Reviewer

2 stars You can really see the potential with RED ORCHID and in particular the man behind this band Sanmeet Sidhu. My biggest issue is with the vocals that come off as sounding poor when he really tries to sing. If he had stayed within himself in a reserved manner it would be more tolerable at least.

"Revive" sounds good to start with the strummed guitar and melancholic mood. Again the vocals are "off" though in places sadly. Some heaviness before 4 minutes then a guitar solo joins in. It settles back again. "Walking In The Sky" is a brighter and more uptempo tune to start.It settles back when the vocals arrive. I like the synths that join in. It picks back up with vocals as contrasts continue.It's okay. "Sky Is Falling" has some chunky bass with drums to start as vocal melodies join in.Synths follow as the vocals stop then guitar. I like this section.Vocals come in after 2 1/2 minutes. Just not a fan of those vocals which is too bad because this is a good tune. "Eclipse" is a short piece with acoustic guitar and piano leading the way.Synths do join in as well. "Silence Within" opens in a melancholic manner as the guitar echoes.Strummed guitar as the sound changes and vocals join in. It's heavier before 2 1/2 minutes then it settles back with tasteful guitar.Themes are repeated.

They can certainly do better. Fans and collectors only for this one.

 Sky Is Falling by RED ORCHID album cover Studio Album, 2009
2.29 | 9 ratings

Sky Is Falling
Red Orchid Crossover Prog

Review by toroddfuglesteg

2 stars Oh dear........

This is another CD I won ages ago from PA's price draw and which I should had reviewed months ago too. Shame on me. I also interviewed the man behind Red Orchid some time ago and that is a good interview. It therefore pains me to write this, but.....

I was quite looking forward to an album with sitar when I put this album on. What I got was some sort of arty student type of rock with no sitar. The instruments sounds a bit shoddy and the same does the vocals. The sound is OK though. Hence, I cannot compare this to a demo recording. But music wise, it sounds like a demo. The songs are pretty boring and only half decent. There is nothing here I really enjoy. Does the world really need another half decent rock'n'roll band ? Nope. Next time; please play on your strenghts and do not copy what thousands of other bands is doing.

2 stars

 Sky Is Falling by RED ORCHID album cover Studio Album, 2009
2.29 | 9 ratings

Sky Is Falling
Red Orchid Crossover Prog

Review by Andy Webb
Special Collaborator Retired Admin

2 stars A nice try.

Red Orchid is a young crossover prog band that have currently released one album, "Red Orchid." The songs on the album are, like i said, a nice try. The music certainly has passion, but (not be a bad critic) the musicianship of the album is a little bit shabby. The song structure is a little too traditional, and the music itself is hanging on to the progressive tag by a fishing line ( or just a thin, thin, thin, string). It definitely has the passion and the drive to try to be both popularly acceptable and progressive, but it falls short. The songs are alright, but thats all.

Real rating around 2.5.

Better luck next time.

 Sky Is Falling by RED ORCHID album cover Studio Album, 2009
2.29 | 9 ratings

Sky Is Falling
Red Orchid Crossover Prog

Review by Marty McFly
Special Collaborator Errors and Omissions Team

3 stars Well, when I arrived, there was just one rating (1 star), act that I consider quite sad, because there's nothing in this music so bad that it would lower the outcome to the lowest grade.

It's probably not Prog masterpiece, but good album nevertheless. More than dull, average, simply normal album, better. The most omnipresent piece of entire artwork that Red Orchid is weaving is melody. Optimistic tones are through all 46:03 lined like red string. Does "Sky Is Falling" break boundaries of Prog ? I think not, but it's good addition.

3(+), however final impression isn't that great. I get bad feeling of uncertainty while listening this album. Feeling that something isn't exactly right. It's not so solid though and music is still listenable.

Thanks to windhawk for the artist addition.

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