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Barry Keenan

My Mind

Review by Gary Hill

I know a lot of people consider this CD to be pop. I’d have to say that to my ear it falls closer to music of bands like Porcupine Tree. That’s why I’ve included it in the progressive rock section of Music Street Journal. Whatever you call it this is entertaining music that is often Beatles-influenced. There are only a couple weak tracks and they aren’t all that weak.

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Track by Track Review
The Backwards Song
The music to this song is literally backwards. That gives it a rather psychedelic texture. It’s an interesting track that works quite well.

Mistakes
The motif that leads this off is more dramatic and powerful than the opener. In general the whole song has a more “serious” tone to it. The layers of vocals and great riff driven jam (somehow this reminds me a bit of Trevor Rabin) is quite cool. I like this one a lot.

Think Tank
This one’s not overly proggy. It is however quite a Beatles-like pop journey.

It's Just Another Day
Another that’s got some serious dosages of Beatles-influence, this is more of a close tie between progressive rock and pop music. The instrumental break in particular brings in some serious prog.

Somebody Save Me
In many ways this is a pop rock song. The main structure calls to mind both ELO and Roy Orbisson, but I get a definite Hawkwind vibe on the extensive bridge. It’s one of my favorite tracks on the disc.

Blown Away
With an acoustic guitar based song structure, this is a pretty song. The vocals have a weird processed effect at times that call to mind Klaatu somehow. After a time this powers up into one of the hardest rocking and crunchy sections of the disc, but it is alternated by the mellower, more balladic sounds.

Link
This is just a short hard rocking instrumental.
What's Up
Starting with a door knock and “Hey, what up dog, Mr. Zimmerman,” this track appropriately feels quite a bit like Bob Dylan (otherwise known as Robert Zimmerman) with more of that Orbisson texture. This is one track that has zero prog rock in the mix. The second half of this is very definitely Dylanesque. It ends with “How did I do, Bobby? What up, dog?”

Old Man From Texas
This is seventeen second bit of weirdness.
Everywhere All About Me
Billy Joel’s “Piano Man” meets the Beatles on the early portions of this. The Beatles remain when this powers up, but are joined by some serious neo-prog.

The Running
In many ways this is The Beatles’ “Across The Universe.” There are other more proggy elements here, but a lot of this really makes me think of that song.

Lucky Day
There are some proggy elements here, but overall this is a Beatlesesque song. Of course, I can also hear some Klaatu on this. This is a long track and there is a very prog-like extended instrumental segment.

Endure
Parts of this track is quirky weirdness, but other sections are Beatles-like. It’s unusual, but probably one of the weak points on show here.
Everything I Do To Me
I absolutely love this song. It’s balladic but gets quite lush in its arrangement. It’s pretty and powerful and much of it reminds me of Pink Floyd. It’s just so emotional. It’s my favorite track on the disc.
The Never Ending Song
In some ways this doesn’t vary a lot from the last track. The thing is, where that one was along the lines of Pink Floyd, this is less dramatic and perhaps a bit like Porcupine Tree.
Boom Boom Diddy Diddy Wah Wah
The first half of this track has a bouncing sort of R & B feeling to it that’s not bad, but also a little pedestrian. The track is shifted out later into a cool rather psychedelic jam that I like a lot. I would have chosen something else to end the disc, though, as taken as a whole this is one of the weakest cuts on show here.
 
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