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Auburn

Indian Summer

Review by Gary Hill

While the vocals on this album sound like rather Macy Gray, the music combines world music, symphonic elements and progressive rock along with some jazz. The mix is compelling and rather unique, and at times has some other sounds within it. All in all, this is quite an effective release and I like it quite a bit.

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Track by Track Review
Shame on You

There are world music elements here and the vocals have a real alternative rock vibe. Still, overall this is sort of an acoustic based energetic progressive rock.

Strong
A similar, but more restrained vocal element is heard on this number. The music has more of a ballad-like sound to it. This is mellow and has some symphonic instrumentation over the top. It grows out with more layers of sound emerging as it continues.
Indian Summer
World music merges with acoustic based progressive rock as the vocals work over the top. There is really a jazz-like concept to it.
Free Spirit
Classical elements combined with world music bring this one into a mellow and acoustic based, soulful progressive rock mode.
Day Dreamin'
Bouncy and fun, this is a tasty number. It’s got a real shuffling kind of rhythm and almost an island kind of feeling to it.
Stop the Clock
Mellow and slow, this is more ballad-like and certainly more of an organic progressive rock ballad. There are really some pretty elements in the overlayers here.
Too Far from Home
Folk music and country are both heard on this number. It’s probably not prog at all, but that’s OK. It’s one of the tastiest pieces of the whole set.
All Comes Back to You
Bluesy and mellow, this is a cool cut. It’s another without a lot of prog in the mix, though. Still, it’s a great change of pace. There’s a cool guitar solo on this number.
This Is the Life
Moving back into proggy territory, this is a pretty balladic number. It’s gentle and intricate. It gets more powerful later in the piece and it might well be the strongest number of the whole set.
Day Dreamin' (Dub Mix)
This is like a club remix of the song from earlier on the set. Frankly, I think this kind of drivel takes away from a classy set like this.
 
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