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CLASSICAL MUSIC AND POPULAR SONGS

Martin Orford

 

Neo-Prog

3.59 | 49 ratings

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4 stars First is a bit of a rocking tune, not really Orford style I would think but good track (3,5*).

Second is also quite loud but with more accent on variation between vocals, guitar and keyboards. Even better than previous I think (3,75*).

Third track is more what I had expected at first since this is supposed to be a sort of bridge between pop and classical music. Here the piano classical style takes its turn although it sounds more modern than real classical works. Still this is what I hoped for and I'm rewarded for my hopes. (3,5*).

Next is the most popular of all songs, very accessible music, could have hit the charts I feel if Martin would have tried. Nice song but not very progressive (3,25*). Here Martin is obviously assisted by Gary Chandler, what an recognizable (and great !) guitar this man plays.

Next up would have to be a more classical piece you would expect but it's not really the case, at first it seems to start that way but when powerfull guitar accompanies it can't really be called classical, can it ? But another very fine instrumental track (3,75*).

No.6 is The Final Solution, a bit like the 4th track but less poppy, still sounds like something in between neo and AOR to me but a very good song again (3,5*).

7th track is only the second classical like song of this release and that's slightly disappointing. It's also very short but very nice as well (acoustic guitar) (3,5*).

The Overload is a slightly celtic sounding song with mr. Nicholls on vocals here singing it in great style. It's a slow song but not much wrong with it as far as I'm concerned (3,5*).

Tatras is another "bridge song" between pop and classical and the atmosphere here is truly awesome. Probably the highlight of the album (4*). At least for me.

The closing track is Evensong and fortunately this is another classical toned song to even things out a bit (3,75*).

So quite an equable album this, no fillers and almost equally classical and pop related material as Martin promised in his title. Also even in vocally and instrumental performances and I like that as well. As the ratings show hardly anything below 3,5* and some even above so I see no reason why I shouldn't give this 4 stars.

progrules | 4/5 |

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