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Senses

Fields Unsown

Review by Gary Hill

The music on this disc is quite strong progressive rock by an independent band that should, if there is justice, begin getting some attention soon. The music herein is quite good, although there is a slight tendency for sameness. The material is strong enough, and unique enough, that this tendency really does not hamper the CD`s listenability much at all.

Senses is Joan Morbée and Don Digiacopo. The album also features Bruce Uchitel and Vinnie DeNunzio. Fields Unsown can be purchased directly from Raspberry Records at http://www.algarweb.com/raspberry. Visit Senses website at http://www.senses.net.

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Track by Track Review
Under the Weight of the Rain
A keyboard (primarily piano) intro, somewhat Marillionish, leads into a main song structure that is a strong prog rock piece. Influences which show up here are Yes and ELP.

Take A Stand
An acoustic guitar intro leads into another potent prog rocker.
Fields Unsown
Starting as an acoustic guitar based ballad; eventually the piece intensifies to a more solid rock type footing. Some of the guitar work here is very inspired and creative.
Free
Another acoustic intro begins this strong progish rock number.
In The Light of the Moon/Reflection/High Tide
A pretty keyboard based instrumental section begins this piece. The themes from this segment continue, but with a more unusual and haunting tone. The cut then moves to a more mainstream (almost Genesisish) portion before reprising the earlier moments. The number works its way back to those Genesis influenced sounds again, and a jazzy bass line carries the tune there. Once the vocals enter, the piece is very strong and emotional.

Burn The Candle Down
A very beautiful piano intro gives way to another competent prog rocker with elements of Asia and Kansas.
 
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