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All Over Everywhere


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3.81 | 60 ratings

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4 stars Great debut from this new Dan Britton's project!

Well my first experience with All Over Everywhere was with the two songs featured on the Emkog Sampler. Since then I felt interested about it, though the vocals were not my real cup of tea, the music I listened caught my attention. So I fortunately got this first All Over Everywhere CD entitled "Inner Firmaments Decay", and am very happy with it.

The album features eight songs and a total time of 41 minutes. The first song entitled "Art of the Earth" has a beautiful sound, the piano-keyboard work is great because creates an excellent atmosphere, playing with different nuances and textures. Before I forget it, I must say something, the music here, has nothing to do with Deluge Grander or Birds and Buildings, other Britton's projects, so don't expect anything like that, you better expect something fresh and experimental from this American talented musician.

"Endless Night" is a nice track that in the beginning took me to a happy place with smiles and joy, the vocals here sound excellent, very well placed and sharing the duties with the instruments, in order to create an ambient of cohesion and building a short, but strong song. There are several instruments involved here, some of them difficult to appreciate at first, but put your headphones on and you will listen to a nice salad of sounds in so few minutes.

"The Shroud" has some dark or nervous mood, the use of keyboards creates several colors and images. The female singer has a pretty voice, however, as I mentioned in my Emkog review, the vocals sometimes sound too far, which to my ears was not the best decision, since I think there are moments where they need to have the main role, but they actually sound far, like just an accompaniment. Let me clarify, that this feeling I have, is only in some moments, not in the whole record, so please, don't think I don't like it.

"Honesty" is a nice track, soft and gentle, with pretty good instrumentation, several elements that work as a whole structure, and some others that sound as background. I really like the use of guitar and of course, keyboards. There are moments on this song where one can close the eyes and let the music transport you to another moment, another time, another world, when you can only enjoy it and feel pleased.

"After all the Years" is a pretty nice song. Though in moments I could say that it reminds me immediately to previous songs, I cannot say they sound the same, no. Each and every single track has its different elements, goals and sensations. Before minute three there is an instrumental part I enjoy because it takes you to another place, marks the change on the direction of the first minutes. After minute four, there is a brand new instrumental passage which is terribly beautiful, piano, viola and clarinet sound together creating a reflexive mood, a moment worth repeating and enjoying.

"On a Dark Street" Is a short but nice song. A soft and gentle sound created by acoustic guitar, accompanying vocals and some other string instruments. In moments I cannot deny the vocals caught my attention but in a negative way, I would have liked a sound where they didn't sound that far, but more intimate, I have no problem with the tone, but with the way the voice was used. Sometimes that distracted me from the music and the piece as a whole, but actually that did not have repercussions in my final enjoyment.

"Until the Sun Begins to Fall" is another short piece with a calm and nice sound, sometimes the music becomes relaxing, tranquility and peace all over everywhere. The guitars together with keyboards make a nice relationship, and help the music being better.

The last song is also the longest, "Gratitude". Ten minutes of a nice symphonic, in moments pastoral sound that one can thank because it provokes a sense of passion and tranquility, without leaving the love for the music, for what we are listening, which is the most important thing. The music in this song is progressing little by little, each second creating new images and feelings, that long instrumental passage is extraordinary, pure beauty and an excellent example of progressive rock well elaborated.

This is a good album without a doubt, one that I am sure will be nicely received among progressive rock fans, and of course, those who already know Dan's projects. The music here is great, but well, you know the only thing I didn't really like, which actually did not affect my listening pleasure. My final grade is four stars.

Enjoy it!

memowakeman | 4/5 |


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