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Fred Colombo

The Road

Review by Gary Hill

This is quite a cool set. It’s basically electronic music. I would see some arguing with landing it under prog, but the dreamy kind of trippy vibe that permeates a lot of it fits with a lot of modern prog. Also, this is very much art rock, so from that angle it qualifies. Either way, this is particularly effective set that never feels redundant or tired.

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Track by Track Review
The Gate of Forever

This is symphonic, atmospheric and very cool. Non-lyrical vocals dance over the top of the mellow arrangement. It’s a fairly short introduction to the set.

Kill Me
Spoken words weave lines that are similar to hip hop. After a time, though, the music joins and takes on an artsy, proggy kind of vein. There are electronic elements, but piano really weaves the musical tales. The chorus is classy prog pop.
Within
There is a trippy electronic vibe to this. I love the vocal arrangement, but the whole song is just very cool.
Out There
High pitched test tone sounds begin this. Piano copies the melody in a lower key and the number begins to work out from there. Eventually it works out into a cool groove that’s part jazz, part electronica and part modern prog. This instrumental is classy stuff.
The Road
There is a mainstream kind of vibe to this. Yet, it has plenty of electronic sound and modern prog built into it. There are some really soaring moments, and this has some of the most rocking stuff here. It has a great guitar solo, too.
Night Falls on The Kingdom of You and Me
Piano starts this and builds tentatively. Some spacey electronics are heard over the top, but the piano really drives this. There are some non-lyrical vocals, too.
 
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