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Sayed Sabrina

Thou Art That

Review by Gary Hill

This is an intriguing set. I've landed it under the prog rock heading because much of it fits as "art rock." There is an artsy vibe to most of the set, really. This has a lot of jazz in the mix. It's quite entertaining from start to finish.

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Track by Track Review
The Pedestrian
There is a cool jazzy art rock groove to this thing. The vocals bring a real artsy approach with a real theatrical texture.
Star Shines
This bouncy cut has plenty of that art rock vibe at play. The vocals are a bit more mainstream on this number, though. There are some real folk prog things going on here, too. I dig the guitar solo on this. It's quite meaty.
The Devil And The Good Lord
I like the bluesy rock vibe of this cut. The vocals bring the artsy edges to the cut. The horns bring some jazz to the table. While this is one of the least proggy things here, it's classy and really rocks.
Free Consciousness
I dig the jazzy groove on this cut. It's a bouncy kind of number that's a lot of fun. It also drops to some old-time movie kind of excursion.
What's Happening Here
Dramatic and powerful, the art rock concepts turn decidedly prog here. This piece is weird, but also so cool.
Goodie Two Shoes
Jazzy, bouncy and fun, this is classy stuff. This is not the proggiest thing here, but it's quite effective. The instrumental movement is potent jazz rock that really jams. That leads to a vocal movement over the top of that background before they drop back to the song proper to continue.
Everybody Knows
This has a real jazz meets art music arrangement. It's quite retro in tone. It's classy stuff with some bluesy vocals.
Rock, blues, jazz and art music seem to merge on this number. It has a real soulful vocal performance. It also manages to groove with style and charm.
Into The Mouth Of The Serpent
Blues and jazz are both on the menu here. There is an old-time music element here. While this doesn't have a lot of that art music concept at its heart, the vocals bring some hints of it.
Home Is In Your Head
I dig the cool jazz groove on this thing. This is another without a lot of art rock in it. The tune really does have an almost pure jazz arrangement early. It works out to some trippy, psychedelic reggae later, though. That works toward space rock as the tune continues.
Art music merges with jazz and blues on this thing. The tune has some particularly theatrical vocals that really focus that artsy angle. I love the powerful movement late in the piece.
The Grande Illusion
A dramatic jazz meets rock approach brings this into being. This is another with a lot of art in the mix. It's so powerful and compelling. In fact, I'd say that the best was saved for last. This is a real winner. The fairly short instrumental section merges horns and killer guitar in a fusion styled arrangement. The guitar fills continue when the vocals return.
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