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Overworld Dreams



3.99 | 26 ratings

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5 stars I heard about this band's third release from a friend who knew I liked the old style of long, epic-type songs the prog bands of old did regularly. With only two songs, each well over 20 minutes in length, I figured I'd give it a listen.

I'm glad I did! The arrangements and song composition garnered my attention. Warning: give this material two listens back to back. Soak in what is offered.

I'll start with the keyboards. Why? For me, a big part of prog begins and ends with the keyboards. Every serious prog band has a good one. This band is no exception. The main keyboardist, Ken Walker, displays a wide range of skills on both piano and synths. His classically-themed piano fits well with the sometimes chamber style, sometimes orchestra song construction. The string introduction to the third part of Forces of Nature is beautiful and a throwback to the Americana-style of classical composition. Think Grofe or Copeland. Perhaps Mr. Walker was a fan of the great Keith Emerson. In Geography, he flutters between melodic minimalist and complex harmonic structured playing. His lead playing is sprinkled with pretty melodies and some appropriate impressive shredding. The keyboards are worth the price of the album alone.

A few guitarists are credited, and while I'm not sure who is playing what, all the guitars are handled well. The use of harmony between the guitars, coupled the the keys sneaking in to do their part, is highlighted through the album. There is some excellent acoustic work in Geography, so kudos to whoever played the acoustic parts! The lead playing is innovative and precise. No one goes out of control with the leads, as all are pleasing to the ear. It is clear that great care was taken with the guitars.

Sadly, with all the great instrumental playing, the bass takes a back seat. Maybe this is good, as the bass and drums set an excellent foundation for both compositions.

Matt Maugeri and Elizabeth Holder have very different singing styles, but together offer a pleasing contrast in vocal styles presented. The opening of Forces of Nature features an impressive canon-style vocal and piano introduction. I didn't know bands wrote like this anymore. Harmony construction is top notch.

Recommended? Well...yes! Enjoy.

Progman77 | 5/5 |


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