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Todd Warner Moore

Path Overgrown

Review by Gary Hill

The latest disc from Todd Warner Moore, this continues the basic musical journey he's been on throughout the other sets I've reviewed. This album focuses heavily on folk rock sounds. There is a good amount of variety here, and it is successful from start to finish. While I wouldn't consider this his best release (for me that's probably Starry Sounds), it is a fine addition to his catalog.

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Track by Track Review
Path Overgrown
Folk and soft rock merge on this number. The duet of male and female vocals lends some magic. There are overlayers of instrumentation that bring a bit of a proggy element to the tune.
Fish or Bird?
I like the strummed acoustic guitar at the heart of this a lot. The tune has a real roots music vibe with hints of country blended into the folk that drives it. With different vocals, this could pass as an Indigo Girls song. I suppose comparisons to Simon and Garfunkel are also appropriate. This is a very classy tune.
Little Cobra
The soft rock arrangement on this includes a sense of mystery. There are intriguing guitar fills. The tune is just so tasty. The hooks are catchy, and the more powered up bits bring some tasty contrast.
Empty Page
Energized folk music, there are hints of Jimmy Buffett on this tune. It's not one of my favorites here.
On
I like the tone and vibe of this piece. It makes me think of Mazzy Star (with male vocals instead of the female ones) in some ways. That dream-like element is definitely in place on this number. There are some hints of country music here, as well.
Buildings
The duet between male and female vocals here is great. The song is a potent folk-based one.
Ways
More of a bouncy alternative rocker, there is still plenty of folk music here. This is a fun cut that really works well. It's one of the highlights of the set.
Gratitude
Another bouncy cut, this is more folk based. The vocal arrangement includes multiple layers of male and female voices. The song is one of the standouts of the set. This is a lot of fun.
Book of Sky
I dig the cool folk music groove of this number. There is a lot of magic in the arrangement. This is another that has some hints of progressive rock. That's particularly true when the soaring, dreamy instrumental stuff comes into the piece.
The Day They
While this is a good tune, it's not one that stands as tall as some of the rest. It does have a potent vocal line, though. The folk rock vibes work well beyond that, too. In fact, it's not a bad number at all. It's just that some of the competition stands so tall, making this seem a little less than stellar.
Book of Sea
The arrangement on this seems a bit mellower and stripped back, at least early. The male and vocals work well together to create some great melodic moments. The violin later brings a nice angle. The song gets more powered up and layered as it continues.
And They'd Sing
Rather intricate and well arranged, this is one of the stronger tunes here. That makes it a great choice to close the set. It is quite a pretty number, as well.

 

 
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