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Electric Soul Parade

New Horizons

Review by Gary Hill

It would seem that this would most likely appeal to fans of classic rock. There is a lot of 1970s blues rock built into this. In fact, for fans of that genre, this probably would feel like home. It does have some range within that concept. If I had a complaint to make, though, it’s that the two mellowest tunes are at the end. I think this would have been a better ride had they been split up and put at other points along the road.

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Track by Track Review
Candy Flippin' Sweet Heart

Bluesy hard rock, this thing is purely on fire. It’s so classic in sound. It feels familiar, yet it’s also fresh.

Make up Your Mind
A faster paced jam, this is also incendiary.
Come On
This isn’t a huge change stylistically, but it’s far from the same song. If anything, it’s closer to the opener than to the second number. It’s very classy and has a lot going for it. The guitar soloing on this is among the best of the set.
Home to Me
More of a bluesy rock ballad, this is a nice change. Still, it fits well with the rest of the set.
The Wind Cries Mary
Covering Jimi Hendrix, this cut is the kind of thing you’d expect for a version of this tune. While there are no surprises, this is extremely good.
Higher Level

Somehow this number reminds me quite a bit of Robin Trower. It’s another classic sounding song.

Rock N' Roll Messiah

Now, this screamer feels a lot like heavy metal. It still has some of the bluesy rock vibe, but isn’t that far removed from early Black Sabbath. It’s probably my favorite tune here. It’s just plain awesome.

Snapshot
Acoustic guitar starts this number off. It grows out into a mellower number that has elements of jazz and progressive rock in the mix.
Song for Wes
I love this rocker. It’s more like some of the earlier stuff. It has a bluesy kind of edge and a lot of passion. The organ lends a classic sound to it.
Shedding Skin
This first minute or so of this is a mellow and intricate guitar solo. It works out from there into some cool mellow rock.
Goodbye Yesterday
An acoustic guitar based ballad at first, this expands from there, but only incrementally. It never becomes a hard rocker, but it does turn out toward progressive rock as it continues.
 
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