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Karney

Better

Review by Gary Hill

While this isn't traditional progressive rock, it has plenty of prog built into it for it to land there. In addition to four original songs, Karney puts in her own version of a classic Led Zeppelin tune. Everything here is effective, and it makes for an entertaining disc. Of course, I always expect her to deliver quality and good music.

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Track by Track Review
Better
There is a dramatic, driving element at play here. This is very much set in an AOR prog approach with hints of alternative rock. The chorus is catchy, and the whole tune is quite meaty.
Trust
A rather hard rocking tune, this is definitely classy. The prog tendencies are all over the arrangement here. I love the slide guitar on this. Perhaps the hooks aren't as catchy as those on the opener, but this is meatier.
Ramble On
Here Karney puts in her version of the classic Led Zeppelin tune. This rocks out like crazy. I have always said that if you are going to cover a song you should make it your own. Well, that is certainly the mantra here. It's easily recognizable as "Ramble On," but no one will ever confuse this with the original. It's quite an effective version, really.
Snake Oil Salesman
There is a trippy, psychedelia meets hard rocking prog groove to this thing. The cut works to a mellower pure psychedelic movement with a cool spoken (Haji Hajimichael) section. The tune works back out to the main section from there. It's a real powerhouse that's probably my favorite here.
Round and Round
World music is on display here. That's merged with the same kind of sounds we've heard throughout this set. This is quite artsy and yet manages to rock out. While it works reasonably well as the final shot, I think that maybe the previous number would have made for a more satisfying conclusion.
 
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