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District 97


Crossover Prog

3.58 | 56 ratings

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5 stars I haven't written too many reviews here, but after repeated listens of this album, it warrants me to let you know- the readers, to go out and purchase this amazing album. Myself being from Chicago, I am so proud to praise this band- all their albums have affected me positively, but this one is a grower that should make them one of the best "new" progressive bands. I say grower because I admit on the first listen, I thought maybe this isn't what I expected or completely wanted from this band - it seems their earlier albums had a more catchy tracks. In Vaults took 3 listens and I was hooked. It hasn't left my player in two weeks. I listen to it everyday and it doesn't tire my mind like most other albums. First off the players are top notch. Jonathan Schang is like a young Bruford-utilising his complete set with precision and passion. Multirhythms and polyrhythms are explored with care not to get in the way- so, if you like Bruford ( and who doesn't) you will like Schang. Patrick Mulcahy on bass, the same as Schang perfectly complementing him and careful listens will reveal technical apptitude and artistic voicings. So you have a dream rhythm section. Now- keys and occasional guitar are by Rob Clearfield- killer sounds and unison runs with the guitar that are exemplory of a progressive player and composer. "Blinding Vision" string arrangement is the best I've heard in quite awhile. And Jim Tashjian on guitar, whom at first I was hoping for more guitar solos, but realised his role that feeds off the keyboard, and gives some powerful crunch-also very nice semi-acoustic licks on the latter half of the album. Lastly, but far from least; Leslie Hunt on vocals. This woman is a singing angel with a range and power that invades your heart- but she also knows when to show restraint. On top of that she is all around singer that could warm your bones with jazzy tones or if she wanted crush your soul with metal meanderings and would get my vote as the most beautiful female lead ever. OK- drooling aside...hmm the compositions which I would attribute to overal band effort. All of them participated in the writing. Overall a 5 star album and a band that deserves more recognition.
Droidmaster | 5/5 |


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