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The Blue Dolphins

Walking in the Sun

Review by Gary Hill

This music is rather timeless. Yes, there are elements and parts of it that feel directly tied to certain bygone eras. Overall, though, this kind of fun, pop rock music could fit in just about any decade. This is entertaining and quite a strong release overall, really.

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Track by Track Review
Walking in the Sun

This cut has a great blend of surf music and 1960s pop rock. It’s a fun and bouncy little number.

Afraid of Moving On
Although it still has classic musical elements, this is more modern in texture. It’s kind of alternative pop. It’s a catchy and energetic piece.
Peace to the World
I like the vocal harmonies on this a lot. There is a lot of jazz in the mix here. It’s another great piece of music. It’s somewhat more complex than the songs we’ve heard to this point. That said, it’s still quite accessible.
If I Could (Dreams)
Here is quite a pretty cut. It’s more modern in tone, but still feels classic in a lot of ways. The vocal arrangement steals the show, but that’s not to discount the rest of the song structure. This is a solid piece all the way through.
Stars
This starts more like a mellow ballad. It gets more powered on the choruses and as it continues. There are jazz elements here. Overall, though, it’s pop rock that’s rather modern in tone.
Shelter Me

World music, folk and pop rock seem to merge on this catchy little piece. It’s not a big change, but everything here works really well. It’s a good closing piece, really.

 

 
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