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Marcus Corbett

Strung Deep

Review by Gary Hill

This is world music. At times one might call it progressive world music because it has a lot of proggy elements. The music is quite good and has some great moments. The only real problem is the vocals which can be a bit tough to take. Still, there is enough good music here to make that something that’s not insurmountable.

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Track by Track Review
In Deed

There is a lot of world music percussion on this piece. The organic melodies are pretty. The vocals are a little hard to take sometimes, though. This definitely has sort of a progressive world music vibe to it.

Castanets (with tabla)
The music here is great. The best description would be progressive world music. It has a lot of great melodies and moves well. As with the whole set, the vocals really mar the performance. This is a long enough cut with enough material that doesn’t have vocals to make it shine, though.
So Lonely Pt(i)
Mellow world sounds are heard on this tune, too. The vocals here are harder to take than they are on the other songs to this point. Still, the acoustic guitar and other elements make this worth checking out.
So Lonely Pt(ii)
This is the strongest cut here. Part of that is because there are less vocals than on the other pieces and those vocals are a little easier to handle. Beyond that, though, this just has more quality world music on hand than the other tunes. It just seems to gel better. I like this one a lot, really. If there’s a tune to lead with here, this is it.
 
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