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Jon Anderson

and Matt Malley – The Family Circle (digital single)

Review by Gary Hill

The first thing to mention here is that this is a collaborative effort between former Yes singer Jon Anderson and former Counting Crows bassist Matt Malley. The second important thing to consider is that it’s a charity single. The proceeds from the single go to the following charities: Flutie Foundation - www.flutiefoundation.org (Jon Anderson), Sahaja Yoga Meditation - www.sahajayoga.org (Matt Malley) and National Autistic Society - www.autism.org.uk (Rob Ayling, GONZO Multimedia president). Musically, this very much reminds me of the music Jon Anderson and Rick Wakeman have done together.

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Track by Track Review
The Family Circle

Piano starts this. Some drumming joins before Anderson’s voice comes into the mix. This is a lovely piece that is fairly sedate. It has some nice lyrical imagery. Although the only instrumentation is that drumming and the keyboards, this is quite a wonderful piece of music. It’s magical and works really well.

(Editor's Note - Music Street Journal is set up for the allocation of albums, not singles - particularly not one-song singles. So, in the instances, like this one, where we've covered single song releases, we've had to make some adaptations for formatting. In the case of this one, just imagine both track review and overall review reading as one set of copy. )

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