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Crossover Prog

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4 stars Despite a 2007 release, Forbidden Drama, the first album from Romanian's byron (small b apparently correct) has only recently come to my attention (thanks Alex). Despite it being their debut it's clear that we're listening to a band of experienced players, both as musicians and in the mature nature of the compositions.

byron don't sit easily in any musical cateogory, their placement in crossover here on PA being the perfect choice for their music which draws from a diverse range of styles. With only occasional glimpses of any prog influences the band owes more to the alternative rock scene and pop. Vocalist Dan Byron when not in rock singer mode has a bit of Bryan Ferry about him. Sticking with a seventies connection Be-Bop Deluxe come to mind at times, not necessarily sounding like them but in approach with their more sophisticated rock template. The songs are well constructed with good dynamics and they clearly have an ear for a strong melody. Crossroads captures the band in more restrained mode; a lovely ballad but at the opposite end of the spectrum Losing Control has a hard hitting staccato riff. While musical complexity is not a priority there's always a surprise around the corner to keep things interesting. On Losing Control it comes when the power quotient is dropped to give way to a lovely restrained flute solo. Another highlight is Blow Up My Tears with its pleasing drum groove, a kind of shuffle, organ overlaid with acoustic guitar forming the foundation and another strong hook to cap it off.

I'm very impressed with Forbidden Drama and everyone can hear it and it's follow up A Kind Of Alchemy on the bands website. Well worth giving them a chance.

Nightfly | 4/5 |


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