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Reinventing Jude

Sundial Soliloquy

Review by Gary Hill

This is definitely not progressive rock in the traditional sense. However, it is rock that progresses the music. Additionally the jazz leanings here lend something closer to prog. There are also songs that are related to things like Radiohead, Porcupine Tree and Rock In Opposition. All those things get me to land this under prog, but your mileage may vary. Whatever you call it, though, this is a great disc with an unusual and effective sound.

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Track by Track Review
Smoke

This opens with a sound that’s rather alternative rock based. As the horns and other elements join, though, we’re into more of an art rock direction. I love the jazzy instrumental section that serves as the outro.

1919
There’s a great soulful, jazz rock groove to this thing.
Midnight 30
The trippy jazz meets psychedelic vibe to this song is really classy. This is quite a cool ride, really.
The Talk
This energetic rocker combines jazz, psychedelia and more to create another killer tune.
The Weather
As good as the rest of this has been, this one’s even better. It’s got energy and a lot of class. It’s got a lot in common with some of the shoegaze stuff, but with that heavy helping of jazz blended into the mix.
Wet Cement
There isn’t a huge shift or change here, but this is a great tune, as is everything here.
Swimmer Song
Energetic rock with cool overtones is the order of business here. Some of the changes are definitely more pure prog in some ways.
Sundried Metal
Jazz alternative rock and more blend in this number. Parts of it definitely make me think of some of the jazzier Rock in Opposition stuff. This is quite cool and I love the riff that drives it.
2 Ufo's
Fast paced and tasty, I like this classy number a lot. This work out into a real powerhouse jam.
Divorce
A bit noisy and cacophonous, this one seems to combine Radiohead with a Dixieland band. Some of the vocalizations on the closing section of this are among the best here and we do get some hints of world music in that segment.
Burn
Blues rock, psychedelia and trippy modern music all merge on this killer tune.
 
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