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COLOR OF SPACE

Singularity

 

Crossover Prog

3.17 | 13 ratings

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Easy Livin
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3 stars Not RUSHing back to the studio then?

This, Singularity's first album dates from 1999, but its sound is very much of the 80's or early 90's. This was the only album lead vocalist and bassist Andrew Goldhawk, recorded with the band which is a pity really as he has a strong, melodic vocal style.

The band's music is most often compared with RUSH, but there are also hints of SUPERTRAMP and NEKTAR in the tight melodies and strong hooks. On tracks such as "Mars Direct" the guitar work of Matt Zafiratos is to the fore, driven by a powerful but accomplished rhythm section. At times the music drifts towards prog metal territory, but Goldhawk's relatively high pitch and some fine synthesiser runs ensure that these tendencies are largely held at bay.

The tracks are generally well over 5 minutes, allowing the band members space to develop the themes well beyond the simple pop songs on which they appear to have been based. "Ebb and flow" for example has a superb piano section which underpins some fine guitar and dynamic vocal themes.

"Who we are", the track from which the album title is taken, is a slower reflective piece which drifts into the neo-prog territory of band such as JADIS and PENDRAGON. The string synth orchestration and the YES like themes combine with a wonderful synth solo to make for the best track on the album. CAMEL also comes to mind here, in part perhaps because they recorded a song of a similar title plus the vocals have a passing similarity.

The closing track "Lenses" runs to almost 16 minutes. While it is well up to the standard of the album as a whole, it probably does not justify its extended length, being similar in format to its predecessors. It does have some fine keyboard work again though.

"Color of space" is a highly accomplished album which indicates Singularity have significant potential. It is disappointing therefore that there has only been one further release from the band to date, but a new album is scheduled for release in 2007.

Easy Livin | 3/5 |

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