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The Healing

Childhood Home

Review by Gary Hill

There are moments of brilliance here. The opening section of the set is one of those. These guys generally combine classic rock with alternative rock, jam band sounds and more to create an intriguing sound. It tends a bit too much toward the understated, though. Also, the vocals tend to drag it down a bit. Still, it’s an entertaining experience despite those things.

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Track by Track Review
No Virtue

I love the bass line that opens this. From there they launch out into a killer classic rock groove. This feels a lot like The Allman Brothers and more. The vocals, though, bring it closer to a jam band turned Pink Floyd vibe. This is a cool tune. The instrumental section mid-track really is very much tied to progressive rock.

Losing My Way
Although this lacks the killer riff that the opener had, the basic musical concept is similar. There are some Americana elements added to the mix and this, perhaps, lands closer to alternative rock, but overall it’s cut from the same kind of cloth.
Tonopah
This number is much more prog rock like. That said, the vocals make me think of The Kinks. Additionally, the whole song still has a lot of the same musical leanings as the earlier tracks did.
Childhood Home
Mellower and more jazzy, this is quite understated. It’s a good song. It’s just not approaching the same kind of stature as the rest here.
Shed One Tear
The usual culprits of jam band, classic rock and even some jazz make up the bulk of this. They take us out into some full on progressive rock mid-track, though. It’s a good tune, but perhaps not the best thing to close a set with.
 
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