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Seventh Wave

Things to Come

Review by Gary Hill

This reissue album is a classy one. A big chunk of the disc is instrumental and keyboard based. The remainder has both a prog element and a pop rocking one. The songs with vocals often call to mind Supertramp. The album is augmented by the single version of one of the songs on the disc.

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Track by Track Review
Sky Scraper
Keyboards open this piece and it starts to build outward from there. It gets a bit on the bombastic side but remains keyboard oriented. It shifts toward symphonic soundtrack type stuff (again keyboards only) by around the one minute mark. It moves forward feeling a bit like ELP or Rick Wakeman's solo stuff. It manages to rock out nicely while still being a keyboard showcase. It's an instrumental introductory piece that's less than two and a half minutes in length. While its main focus is on keyboards, it has some drums in the mix.
Metropolis
This powers in fast paced and still proggy. There are hints of things like Supertramp on this. I can also make out some hints of things like Todd Rundgren at times. The instrumental sections get into some potent prog rock jamming. This is a cool number. It's catchy and yet meaty at the same time.
Intercity Water Rat
This is a short (less than a minute) bit of sound effects and percussive oddity. There are some weird keyboard chirps.
Escalator
Even shorter (21 seconds) this keyboard based number seems an extension of the previous piece.
Old Dog Song
This grows out in style from the last bit, turning toward a triumphant sounding folk prog arrangement. A cool tune, for some reason I'm reminded of early ELO or The Move a bit on this number. It get into some powerhouse rocking stuff before it's over.
Smog, Fog and Sunset
This instrumental is a full keyboard solo piece. It's electronic, symphonic and quite cool.
Fail to See
While there are some symphonic prog elements in the mix here, overall this is more of a straight ahead rocker. It's a classy tune that works really well. While there is almost a soul music edge to this, there are definitely progressive rock trappings in a lot of the sounds that go over the top of it.
Premonition
Trippy space keyboard sounds open this instrumental. The textures build around it, feeling like something that would fir into a science-fiction movie.
Festival
Coming out of the previous piece, this keyboard based instrumental fires out into some rather symphonic stuff to move forward. It's still electronic, but there is both a classical and a jazz edge to it. A bombastic symphonic motif ends it.
Eversolightly
Piano opens this and the piece works forward with a fast paced intricate jam. This builds upward and has more of that Supertramp element, but I'm also reminded of early Yes to some degree.
Communication Skyways
This keyboard piece is so cool. It is a powerhouse jam that has a lot of energy and oomph.
Things to Come
This feels a bit like a continuation of the previous number, working through all kinds of a cool electronic territory.
1999 1/2
A powerhouse symphonic jam, this is sort of an extension of the previous pieces. It gets quite bombastic.
Dance of the Eloi
Seeming to come out the previous numbers, this has more of a tribal world groove to it.
Bonus Track
          
Metropolis (Single Version)

This bonus track is precisely what it says it is, a single version of the album piece. It's bombastic, energetic and very Supertramp like.

 
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