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MY RIVER FLOWS

Izz

 

Symphonic Prog

3.81 | 105 ratings

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ZowieZiggy
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4 stars The harder aspect of their second album I Move is even more accentuated on My River Flows.

This album starts at 200 km/h with the violent title track. The guitar work is absolutely frenetic and I have to say that the rhythmic section is just phenomenal. It is of course quite on the hard side but as I have said, it is not the first time that the band is heading these heavy/hard rock sounds.

The long Late Night Salvation brings us back to a more symphonic and classic style. Vocals a la Yes and fine harmony are welcome but this is also a dual track: the wildest guitar riff along with melodic vocals. The mix is daring I should say.

It also includes some good percussion solo (which is also rare on a studio album) even if it doesn't really fits in this type of number. Maybe that the band intended another Perpetual Change.

We remain in the same Yes territories with the short Rose Coloured Lenses. Fine vocal performance and again an upbeat mood are the standout elements. The very good guitar work is also to be highlighted (but it is a constant on this album).

As if the band is doing this on purpose, the first weaker song is called Deception. Did they realize this while releasing this number? I guess not, but it is how I feel while I 'm listening to it. It is more keyboards oriented and the Anderson-styled vocals are maybe too much by now. The closing part though is a pure marvel though (again Bremner on the lead guitar is extremely inspired just as in the next and brilliant Crossfire).

The epic track of this album is a fine combination of what has been heard previously: nice vocal harmonies, very much Yes oriented instrumental parts (keys, guitar). Bombastic parts are not missing either, but for those of you who have problems with regressive music, this album is definitely not for you.

I have to say that even if this aspect usually worries me quite a bit, I admit that I am more tolerant with this work which is very decent and by far my preferred album from this band. It is even flamboyant at times. But I still don't understand why bands emulating Yes are classified in the symph genre while those emulating Genesis are so called neo-prog.

Four stars.

ZowieZiggy | 4/5 |

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