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Tom Caufield

Things I Heard While in the Womb

Review by Gary Hill

There may only be three songs here, but when you figure that two of those songs make up over half an hour, this isn’t short on material. If you are a fan of Mike Oldfield, you’ll probably find plenty to like here. I wouldn’t say that this sounds like a clone of Oldfield’s music (of course, you’d have to cover a lot of territory to really encompass his “sound,” as it varies a lot. I would say that this occupies the same general territory as a lot of Oldfield’s output.

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Track by Track Review
Waif Among the Reeds

This cut is nearly twenty four minutes in length. Sedate and intricate guitar, drums and more start it. It grows outward with hints of psychedelia at times. There are no quick changes on this. Nor are there any huge changes. All that said, it does shift and grow. There are things here that make me think of Pink Floyd a little. Overall, though, I think Mike Oldfield would probably be the closest comparison. Some of the later sections really make me think of space rock a bit. Guitar soloing is the factor that stays constant throughout the piece.

Rubies on Fallen Leaves
I love the gentle and intricate acoustic guitar work on this shorter piece. It’s such a pretty number, and that guitar gets reinforced by other layers of sound.
Palace of Broken Mirrors
This piece lands in at eleven minutes and eleven seconds in length. It’s more of a pure progressive rock composition. Still, it’s mellow and changes happen fairly gradually. This is quite beautiful and quite potent. The references to both Oldfield and Pink Floyd are appropriate. This is another strong instrumental number. It gets quite intense later with layers of keyboards and guitar building it upward.
 
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