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Progressive Rock CD Reviews

Damian Wilde

Nouveau Noir

Review by Gary Hill

This might not be the tightest fit under progressive rock. It’s definitely got a deconstructed progressive music sound. It’s not that far removed from things like modern Radiohead. This is unusual and quite effective stuff. Odd as it can be, I like it a lot.

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Track by Track Review
The Umbrella Co.

This is great stuff. Piano serves as the main melodic musical element here. There is a percussion sound, too. It’s a really deconstructed arrangement. It’s like an electronic music art rock kind of vibe. This is a bit left of center, but also very interesting and effective. It gets much weirder later, too.

Tempestuous
Guitar starts this. The arrangement here is also very sparse and cold. The tune is perhaps even weirder than the previous one. This is like alternative merged with art rock.
Green Mile
More of a piano based piece, this has symphonic elements, too. It earns a parental advisory on the lyrics. This is very much a modern prog in the vein of Radiohead type of piece. It’s moody and a bit odd. It’s also quite effective.
Disco S**t
There is both a DIY vibe and a hint of R&B on this number. Beyond that, though, it fits with the same sort of deconstructed art rock sound. This one gets another parental advisory. Of course, my edit on the title should have given that away. There is a real trippy vibe to this at times.
Alive
DIY sounds, alternative rock and a stripped back almost jazzy modern prog vibe are heard on this thing. This one has more of a rock sound to it than the other pieces did. In some ways this is also my favorite of the set.
 
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