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3.48 | 17 ratings

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3 stars I was rather underwhelmed by Pulling Strings & Shiny Things. Not one of the songs really stood out and I can't imagine anything here will remain in my brain for the next half hour or so, so I better get to finishing this review quickly. The musicianship is adequate, vocalist Mac Austin does a nice job of singing, the lyrics are sound (and sometimes interesting), but the final product just doesn't set off any exclamation points. The music is clearly in the neo prog vein (like Jadis and Galahad), with pop rock influences, and some Celtic and folk touches. The keys have a strong 1980's sound to them and although the flute is featured, I'm not particularly impressed by it. A couple of the songs featured programmed drums which again were not impressive, but at the same time, not annoying. Overall, good, but hardly essential. Three stars, although I'd prefer 2 3/4 stars. If you're into uncomplicated, song-oriented, lightweight neo prog, you might find this interesting, otherwise, never mind.
progaeopteryx | 3/5 |


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