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Head Fake


Review by Gary Hill

This is an intriguing set. The bulk of it feels as if it could have come from the 1980s. That said, there are other things ranging from the country-tinged sounds of artists like Kid Rock to hip hop. All in all, everything here works pretty well, but I tend to prefer the 80s styled stuff over the other sounds.

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Track by Track Review
There is a cool retro vibe to the introduction to this piece. The cut works out into a cool electronic meets techno groove after that opening section. This is so classy and tasty.
Song for Daughters
In some ways, this makes me think of "Heroes" from David Bowie just a bit. There is more of a guitar presence on this piece. The percussion feels synthetic. The cut has a real 80s music vibe to it. The classical strings and backing vocals bring a lot to the arrangement.
I'm Found
This is a big change. The vocals have a pop country vibe to them. The music is still quite electronic based, but with more of a classic retro texture. Backing vocals bring some serious soul elements to the piece. This feels like something Kid Rock might do. It has electric guitar, organ and more to lend to the flavor of the piece. While I like the variety this provides, I definitely prefer the sound of the first two cuts to this.
2 A.M.
There is a sound at the heart of the bulk of this that seems to combine the first couple songs with the last one. It shifts to a full on hip hop section mid-track, complete with a rap. Some of the soaring stuff after that almost feels proggy. The 80s vibe is back in style here.
We're back into the full on 80s mode with this song. It's entertaining and effective It's not a surprise or change, but it just works really well.
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