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Lisa LaRue


Crossover Prog

3.00 | 6 ratings

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3 stars This latest venture by US composer, author and keyboardist Lisa LaRue is a rather underwhelming feature as far as my personal perceptions go, especially considering some of the musicians involved in this production.

The songs are generally well performed, and apart from the drums that doesn't really add much to the proceedings the instrumentation is adequate. Mix and production isn't the best, but it's the compositions themselves that at least for me fails to deliver. Gentle, atmospheric and rather straight forward affairs, with one foot in the lighter side of symphonic art rock and the other in AOR territories these tunes generally come across as a bit too nice and pleasant to manage to intrigue. Pleasant and predictable yielding few surprises. The more strictly AOR based songs, Tell Me Why and final track Save Me, comes across as the weakest efforts overall, representing a style and sound extensively explored by others for more than 30 years and staying put to the most generic parts of this genre throughout.

Lisa LaRue is a fine instrumentalist though, and with better compositions at hand next time around I sure hope her next endeavour will be a pleasing rather than merely a pleasant affair.

Windhawk | 3/5 |


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