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Jealous of the Birds

Wisdom Teeth

Review by Gary Hill

I've had this disc here for a while. Since half of every issue of Music Street Journal has to be progressive rock, things that don't fit under that category can take a while to get to. When I start picking out releases to review in an issue, I scan a little bit of several songs on a disc to see where it lands. I decided this wasn't progressive rock, so it kept getting set aside from issue to issue. That's a shame because when I actually listened to this intently enough to review it, the progressive rock concepts (subtle enough to be missed on quick scans) were pretty obvious. Whatever you call it, though, the musical arrangement and great female vocals make this a compelling and intriguing musical experience.

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Track by Track Review
Folk rock, alternative and some prog merge in this effective opener. The cut has a great dreamy angle to it. Some nice hooks and classy textures are at the heart of the tune. There are some particularly soaring moments here, which seems appropriate.
New York Has A Lump In Her Throat
Mellower and rather intricate at the start, this has a lot of the same musical reference points the opener did. I can make out some hints of jazzy sound here, too. The faster parts of the cut have more of a prog soaring sound to them. There is a weird spoken bit in the mix here, too.
Blue Eyes
Angular guitar sounds are on display at the opening here. This is a lot harder rocking than the previous cuts were, but it also drops back at times. There is a short, but very cool bass workout. There are some amazing musical zones on this cut that are quite proggy. I love the guitar soloing on this thing, but everything about this song is exceptional.
Mellow and trippy in some ways, psychedelic elements, progressive rock and a mellow alternative rock edge merge on much of this classy number. The faster-paced parts of this really bring that prog angle to bear.
A slow moving, balladic approach starts this cut. There is a lot of folk music built into the song. Dreamy, soaring textures are added to the mix as it continues, bringing more proggy elements to play. The more powered up section brings a lot of that prog angle, too. This is another potent track on a disc full of strong material.
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