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Dreaming Onward

Review by Gary Hill

This is very much a modern pop styled set. That said, there is some decent range in place. At times it feels close to prog rock. At other points things like world music and jazz are heard. All of that is accomplished in just five songs, too. The key word for this set is fun, with a secondary element of catchy. One big bonus for this release is that the vocals aren’t processed to death like they are on so much modern pop music.

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Track by Track Review
Superhero

The energized introduction here, and particularly the keyboard sound, is almost progressive rock like. It works out from there into something that’s more in line with modern pop rock sounds. While this is almost generic in some ways, it has some unique characteristics that elevate it from the modern radio fare that it resembles.

Machinery
Now, the keyboard dominated arrangement here is really very much a modern prog thing. There are some pop rock elements, mostly in the vocal arrangement. This is energetic and unusual. It’s also very cool.
About The Past
Energized modern pop music, this is the least inventive thing we’ve heard to this point. That said, it’s still quite effective. It’s catchy and fun.
They Are Weak, But We Are Strong
More energized pop music, there is world music and some jazz built into this number. It definitely keeps the fun coming on strong.
Dreaming Onward
If there is a misstep here (and that’s questionable) this is it. It’s not a big change from the rest. It just seems a little lackluster and too similar to the rest.
 
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