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Rie Sinclair

Bee Sides

Review by Gary Hill


There are only four tracks here, but based on the strength of the music, I’d love to hear more. It’s a proggy set that also feels a bit like Tori Amos at points. Other sounds like Radiohead slip into the mix. This thing is quite cool.

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Track by Track Review
Find My Way Back (To Your Heart)
Starting mellow with a lush and quite pretty arrangement, this builds out into some great music that fits well into a modern progressive rock style. Think of Radiohead, but the vocals here are so powerful and soaring that the reference is only appropriate in reference to the music.
No Way Out
While there is still a bit of a modern prog element to this, it fits more into a modern pop rock sound. Whatever you call it, though, it’s a slow moving, but very powerful track with great vocals and overlayers of sound that really sell it.
How The Story Ends
A bouncy, piano based motif opens this. It’s another strong tune. It’s also another that combines a pop rock sound with something along the lines of modern progressive rock. That prog link comes from layers of sound that come over the top later in the piece. Whatever you call it, though, it’s another great tune on a set that has no weak material.
Awaken Love
Dramatic and powerful, this is, in some ways, stripped down in comparison to the rest of the music here. It’s certainly got a more symphonic texture to it, though. At times, the arrangement feels like something Tori Amos might do. Overall, this is creative, artistic and very progressive rock like. It’s also the best cut here. Considering the strength of the rest of this music, that says a lot.
 
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