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RETURN TO WHATEVER

Taylor's Universe

 

RIO/Avant-Prog

4.09 | 30 ratings

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Mellotron Storm
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4 stars Robin Taylor is one talented musician and despite the fact he's put out a lot of albums over the years he manages to give each one it's own personality. This particular release is one of his more accessible and melodic recordings.

"Mooncake" has these heavy drums with synths and more. Pulsating keyboards take over before a minute then the guitar joins in lighting things up. Sax follows and more guitar 2 1/2 minutes in. Again the sax follows in this symphonic styled song. A top three for me. Great track ! "July 6th" has a cool rhythm that sort of sways back and forth as the piano and drums standout. Distorted guitar around 3 minutes as sounds come and go while that rhythm continues. The organ is helping out too. A top three. "Haunted Yellow House" has these heavy drums and sound as the sax solos over top. It settles with piano,bass and drums then the sax and organ join in. It suddenly turns dark and haunting 2 minutes in then kicks back in around 3 1/2 minutes. We get some laid back sax before 5 1/2 minutes.

"The Atlas Clock" has a beat and more as the sax comes and goes. Organ 1 1/2 minutes in then violin. It's heavier a minute later for about a minute. The violin is back 4 1/2 minutes in. "Earth" is led by piano, violin and flute early on. It changes and turns fuller after 2 minutes. Great sound here. Some crazy sax before 4 minutes then it turns mellow before kicking back in. "Pink Island" has some really good guitar leads in it. This is mid-paced and we get sax later on before the guitar returns to end it. "Mooncake-Reprise" is simply that and it's an excellent way to end this album.

A solid 4 stars for this really enjoyable album.

Mellotron Storm | 4/5 |

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