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Tapio Ylinen

Left Unsaid (The Longstanding Problems of Happiness)

Review by Gary Hill

With a singer-songwriter air to all of it, this disc has a lot of class and style built into it. It's only six songs, and I wish there were more. That's because the songs we do have work so well. All in all, this is quite an effective release.

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Track by Track Review
Bright Young Star
A balladic kind of movement opens this number. There is a drama to it. The cut works out of after the first vocal movement into an uptempo jam with an intriguing timing that almost lends a progginess to it. It settles back into the song proper to continue from there.
Brother Come Back
This up-tempo rocker just oozes cool and style. It's a real powerhouse number. This has some great tones and hooks.
Life of a Bird
Slow moving, and rather balladic, there is a lot of drama, charm and emotion in this piece. It's so powerful and pretty. While this is somewhat understated, it's one of my favorites here.
The Great Gamble
More of a rocking tune, this has a mainstream vibe to it. I dig the killer guitar work on this number a lot. In fact, there are some meaty guitar fills throughout most of the tune. It's not built on just the guitar, though. It has some strong hooks, too.
Noble Heart
This has a lot of slow blues built into it. It's a rather laid back tune, but still has a lot of drama and emotion in the mix. The guitar has such a great blues tone to it.
Snake in the Grass
Another classy rocker, this is more of a mid-tempo piece. I love the guitar that runs over the top of so much of this piece. The cut has a bit of a progressive rock edge in that aspect. There is a bit of a blues rock feeling to it, too. This is a tasty mainstream rocker however you slice it.
 
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