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4 stars Hailing from New Jersey is Disconnect, a progressive rock duo formed in 2009 with three albums (and an EP) under their belt. All of these efforts were released over about a year and a half's time, and Indivision is their first release of 2011. This prog rock concept album covers a wide variety of musical styles while always remaining consistent and intriguing; the amount of talent contained in this two-man group is truly remarkable. Indivision is a terrific melodic modern prog effort in almost every regard, and I'd recommend this one in a heartbeat to people who enjoy this style of the genre. Although my first venture into the music of Disconnect, I can assure you that Indivision certainly won't be my last. This album is melodic progressive rock at its very best!

Disconnect plays a style of melodic progressive rock with a few pop tendencies. I'm often reminded of acts like Spock's Beard, Mars Hollow, and Rush. Although this brand of melodic prog may not strike you in the face as being particularly original, Disconnect manages to put their own spin on the genre and craft some terrific music in the process. Most of Indivision's strength lies is in the sheer power of the compositions. Although not particularly complex, the entire album is given a few unifying themes ("Prelude" is repeated later on) and feels intelligently crafted. During Indivision's hour-plus playing time, boredom never sets in and the album remains engaging for its entire duration. Very few bands can make albums this long without a few "filler tracks", so I applaud Disconnect for managing to remain this consistently impressive with their compositions. The musicianship is also very strong; even more impressive when one considers that the band is only a two-piece. Erich O'Dell's vocals are very prominent on the album, and I have no hesitation in calling him an excellent vocalist. His vocals do also spark a minor complaint of mine, however. Vocal harmonies are kept to a bare minimum on Indivision. A few vocal harmonies could've really fleshed-out the arrangements and added an extra dimension to Disconnect's music. This, combined with the somewhat bland (though certainly competent) production, serve as a minor detriment to the album. I've learned to look past both of these issues, but they do make Indivision sound a bit less professional than it could.

Despite those fairly minor setbacks, Indivision really is a spectacular modern prog album. Filled with melodic pop/rock hooks while still maintaining progressive rock complexity, Disconnect has created an observation that rivals the best in melodic prog. Indivision comes highly recommendable to people who love bands like Spock's Beard and Mars Hollow and also enjoy concept albums. Though the production may not be as polished as some other modern prog releases, it's still certainly enjoyable and charming. Disconnect has really blown me away on all fronts with this effort, and I will undoubtedly look further into their discography! 4 stars are warranted for this excellent release and highly recommended purchase.

J-Man | 4/5 |


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