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VICTOR GO

Crossover Prog • Ukraine


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Hailing from Odessa, Ukraine, a composer / multi-instrumentalist Victor GO, immensely inspired by lots of musicians over a wide range of genres especially rock, progressive rock (e.g. Yes, Genesis, Gentle Giant, Emerson Lake & Palmer, Jethro Tull, Kansas), and jazz, has started his music career as a progressive rock guitarist with Vladimir GORASHCHENKO (the founder of Modern Rock Ensemble) and a cellist / keyboardist C. George under the moniker of PUTNIK in the 80s then formed a rock duo AGENDA (later renamed AYESWAY) with C. George. Finally Victor's released at once three solo albums "Going For The Sense", "Clear As A Bell", and "Urgent Message" in September 2018.

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4.24 | 19 ratings
Going For The Sense
2018
3.50 | 2 ratings
Clear as a Bell
2018
2.67 | 3 ratings
Urgent Message
2018
3.27 | 10 ratings
The Leap
2020

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 The Leap by GO, VICTOR album cover Studio Album, 2020
3.27 | 10 ratings

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The Leap
Victor Go Crossover Prog

Review by TCat
Special Collaborator Eclectic / Prog Metal / Heavy Prog Team

3 stars To start off, I should send a personal apology to the artist because it has taken me more time than usual to post a review on this album after his request. There are three reasons for this: 1) the postal service, 2) personal events and 3) wanting to give the album a fair review after several listenings. It's combined complexity and pop style is to be admired, but not always to my taste.

After releasing 3 albums in 2018, we finally have a release (in 2020) from Victor Go, a multi-instrumentalist from Ukraine. Victor has been involved with other Ukrainian artists, including the founder of "Modern Rock Ensemble". On this new album named "The Leap", Victor uses his compositional and instrumental skills to compose a semi-thematic album with some complex, yet very pop sounding tracks. It is not an easy task to accomplish, yet he shows off his talent in these two areas which results in some nicely, bright tracks.

In contrast to his earlier album "Going for the Sense", this time he also includes his own vocals on most of the tracks. This is where this album falters as his vocal production here is enhanced by electronic effects, and this results in a starchy sound that really affects the overall quality of the album. The vocals sound very nasally, fake and almost completely without emotion. This is quite unfortunate because the composition of the tracks is quite good.

The album tracks are organized by beginning with what would be considered a major track and then following this up with a track that are more like an "intermezzo". The rest of the album follows in this pattern. Two suites are broken up throughout the album, one titled "2020" and the other one titled "Pilot", and these tracks that make up the suites are actually the intermediate tracks that lie between the major, longer tracks.

Personally, I find the shorter, instrumental tracks to be more enjoyable than the tracks that are supposed to be the more important tracks mostly because of the vocals. Another reviewer suggested using other vocalists to sing and I would have to agree with this. Either that or return to the more instrumental style of "Going for the Sense". The vocals leave a lot to be desired, and actually drag the album down.

However, the longer tracks still manage to have some nice instrumental breaks in them and that is what keeps me listening. For example, in "Tension", there is some nice piano and synthesizer work, and in "Once Again", there is some nice heavy guitar sound in there that give the tracks some nice variety.

Once the album is finished, even after multiple listenings, it seems to be difficult to find anything that stands out, however. The nice musical passages sound great while you are listening, but in the end, the listener can be left feeling unfulfilled as there is nothing really memorable. I believe the artist is on the right track here as is evidenced in his compositional skill and his instrumental work. But, it would be better to have un-enhanced vocals done by other vocalists with a lot more dynamic in the overall album. When all is said and done, I can't help but agree with what most of the other reviewers have felt about the album.

 The Leap by GO, VICTOR album cover Studio Album, 2020
3.27 | 10 ratings

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The Leap
Victor Go Crossover Prog

Review by BrufordFreak
Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

4 stars Very good, very interesting and diverse Neo Prog from Ukrainian veteran. I hear Keith Emerson, Pendragon, Andy Didorenko, and many classic and classy Neo Prog hooks and tricks in this music. Victor is definitely a gifted composer and engineer--the sound mixing (and choice of instrumental palettes) are always a notch above average or classic Neo Prog. Emerson keys, fretless Jeff Berlin-like bass, solid somewhat-Bruford/Alan White-like drums; and Allan Holdsworth-like electric guitar with vocals all over the place.

1. "Once Again" (5:15) nice catchy pop-prog. The instrumental parts are interesting and refreshing. The nasal vocal tone needs some getting used to. (8/10)

2. "2020. Hopes and Alarms" (3:39) A top three song for me. (9.5/10)

3. "Last Hope" (6:54) excellent prog song with a slightly dated keyboard sound palette. Once the vocals enter I find myself reminded of some of JON ANDERSON's solo material as well as a lot of JOHANNES LULEY's projects. (13/15)

4. "Pilot. Dream" (3:30) slow building atmospheric instrumental--until the dance hall rhythm tracks of the third minute. Interesting and fresh! (9/10)

5. "Tension" (6:39) piano-bouncing classic rock foundation given a barrage of proggy incidentals. Vocal is like one of THE PSYCHEDELIC ENSEMBLE's poorer ones. (8.5/10)

6. "Pilot. Conceit" (2:49) a jazzier, almost ADIEMUS/World Beat take on the "pilot" themes. Cool! (8.75/10)

7. "Flywheel" (6:27) A tension-filled, top-notch Neo Prog song and one of my top three. Victor's best vocal tracks on the album. (9.25/10)

8. "Pilot. Anticipation" (4:24) very cinematic. Good. ALAN PARSONS PROJECT/TONY PATTERSON-like. (8.75/10)

9. "2020. Move On" (8:37) what if Keith Emerson played with BRUFORD instead of Dave Stewart? This is what we might have gotten. 80s YES/ASIA-ish bombast for the second half. Such an amazing imitation! Also reminded of JON ANDERSON/TREVOR RABIN-era YES. (18.5/20)

10. "Pilot. Triumph" (3:09) a little hokey in its Broadway pit-orchestra imitation, yet competently executed. Unfortunately, the vocal takes away a little. (8.25/10)

11. "Everlasting Quest" (Bonus Track) (6:00) electronica? Kind of. If you combined 1978 jazz fusion with Klaus Schulze, this might've been what you got. Interesting, to be sure. (8.75/10)

Total Time 57:58

Victor Go has the unusual talent of being able to successfully forge multiple familiar musical styles and instrumental styles into interesting and engaging songs. Very well worth your while to check out for yourselves--especially if you like solving musical puzzles/games (e.g. "Where have I heard that before?") My suggestion to Victor: experiment with guest vocalists to sing your songs; you might find it adds new life, new dimensions to your music.

B+/4.5 stars; a near-masterpiece of progressive rock music.

 The Leap by GO, VICTOR album cover Studio Album, 2020
3.27 | 10 ratings

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The Leap
Victor Go Crossover Prog

Review by Matti
Prog Reviewer

3 stars I have very mixed feelings on this album. No, I definitely don't consider this music bad. It's just that there's something to irritate me on a purely subjective level. It mostly concerns the vocals that have a slightly artificial, technically treated tone. Victor Go from Ukraine kindly sent me not only this new album but also Going for the Sense (2018; one of the three albums releaded that year!) which I actually prefer, due to a larger portion of instrumentals.

His music is modern-sounding and, despite highly sophisticated, small-scale complex musical texture, quite poppy in the overall atmosphere, especially when it has vocals. Prefab Sprout with a proggiet twist. On the instrumentals the classic prog influences (that are emphasized on the artist bio and some reviews) are more audible, for example twisted rhythms and some nods to Keith Emerson on keyboards, but I don't much sense Symphonic Prog flavour. A little bit of Fusion spirit I do hear. There's no denying Victor Go is a gifted one-man- band and producer.

This album is almost 58 minutes long and it has 11 tracks. It would help a lot if they would at least flow more seamlessly. I get a feeling that all songs sound quite the same. There are no memorable melodies, nor do the lyrics have any emotional connection to me (which again doesn't mean they're objectively pointless). The worst thing however is the constant use of autotune or whatever device instead of normal acoustic recording of vocals. As an instrumental album I surely would enjoy it more. For all the professionalism in playing and producing I round my 2,5 stars upwards.

 The Leap by GO, VICTOR album cover Studio Album, 2020
3.27 | 10 ratings

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The Leap
Victor Go Crossover Prog

Review by DamoXt7942
Forum & Site Admin Group Avant/Cross/Neo/Post Teams

3 stars "The Leap" released in early 2020 sounds like kinda one-man-show by a multi-instrumentalist Victor GO. His musical characteristic can be explained as 'music polymers with different melodic components along with simple rhythmic lines', let me say, and this creation is clearly expressed as mentioned above. Basically it's quite a tough work (and simultaneously a niche) for Crossover Prog artists to merge pop essence into complicated sound description, and sounds like he would try to do it hard in this opus.

For example, in the first shot "Once Again" catchy flower-ful phrases based upon a bit complex melody lines can be heard, that reminds me of something like symphonic Genesis or Gentle Giant (oh yes it's said he's inspired such great symphonic vanguards). You could feel of so-called stability even in phrasal eccentricity. And "2020" would have been one of his hopes and movements ... the current situation all over the world is a disaster for every artist though ... in "Hopes And Alarms" are his gentle keyboard works plus lyrical uptempo music-water flows. "Move On" reveals exciting atmosphere via acceptable sound fruits.

"Pilot" suites are other appearances of Victor. Guess he weave into his mental, spiritual, and of course auditory impressions, just as the subtitles "Dream ~ Conceit ~ Anticipation ~ Triumph" says (anyway I love soundscape upon "Conceit", not only dark, depressive but also strict, unmovable). The last "Everlasting Quest" sounds like an expression of his final settlement in the rock scene, flooded with challenging but rewarding opportunities. Cannot avoid his sound essence is puddled with Pioneers' music element pieces but vitality and vivacity for progressive rock of this versatile artist should be enchanting.

 Going For The Sense by GO, VICTOR album cover Studio Album, 2018
4.24 | 19 ratings

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Going For The Sense
Victor Go Crossover Prog

Review by grzegorz_brz

5 stars Just received Going for the Sense CD from store.cdbaby.com/cd/victorgo. Music of Victor Go contains something special I couldn't find in most nowadays prog releases: spirit of 70's prog legends such as Yes, ELP revival. Imagine those guys just having become 40 years younger, all alive and full of creative force.

However being charged by Gods Victor Go's got his own bright style. I listen carefully to his music details, look forward to and find moving themes and exciting stresses, thrilling freshness and imperceptible na´ve optimism. Listening to the music of such a kind gives a feeling of holyday unlike listening to most current bands. Variety of images, associations, moods, all those things making us love prog-rock, personally I have found in this nice work.

Thanks for that.

 Going For The Sense by GO, VICTOR album cover Studio Album, 2018
4.24 | 19 ratings

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Going For The Sense
Victor Go Crossover Prog

Review by ProgTank

5 stars I surfed through unknown prog-rock artists on Spotify and was lucky to find that amazing album of Victor Go 'Going for the Sense'. I am very glad to see it here, on Progarchives.com. From the opening track to the final song each piece is filled with unpredictable and sophisticated composition moves and keyboard experimentation. Music is full of Emerson level keyboards, touching guitar parts, novel and recognizable lead vocal, nice polyphony, powerful lyrics and thrilling electronic tricks. If you are an old school prog-rock enthusiast and like to listen to numerous details, you'd definitely enjoy this amazing album. The influence of great bands of 70-80s is obvious, but in spite of this music is actual and new. Songs 'Stream' and 'Elation' are special. They really cannot be categorized: beautiful, original and unique. Victor Go's work takes 5 from me.
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