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The Walk-A-Bout


Review by Gary Hill

These guys don't qualify as progressive rock in a traditional sense. However, their brand of indie-rock is proggy enough to fit the bill as far as I'm concerned. Their new album is a strong entry into their catalog and does a good job of advancing their musical vision. There is plenty here to enjoy.

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Track by Track Review
Victory Parade
Coming in tentatively and melodically, this works out after the introduction to a more energized, rocking motif. This is classy stuff and a great way to start the set in style.
Date Nut Porridge
There is a definite blues rocking groove to this tune. It's a lot fun. It's a nice change from the opener.
Tale Of The Vibe Rider
Now, this has more of a melodic AOR prog element to it. Mind you, it's of the modern variety, but it's there. That said, there are definite folk rock things going on here, too.
I dig the almost fusion vibe of this cut. There is a nice balance between more rocking and mellower sections. This has plenty of prog built into it. It love the killer guitar solo, too.
I Am
I love the almost dreamy proggy charm of this piece. It's a slower, melodic number. It's also a highlight of the disc.
Get Me To The Station
There is a real jazzy groove to this thing. It has a bit of a Steely Dan vibe. It's also quite fusion-like and proggy. It's classy stuff and a highlight of the disc. I can make out hints of early Santana on this tune.
Dark Roads
I love this tune. In fact, it might be my favorite here. There is a dark, mysterious element to it. It is hard rocking and so classy. It still has plenty of proggy aspects.
With some solid hooks, this is more of a mainstream alternative rocker. It still has some proggy elements, though.
Trash Talkin'
I'm absolutely enamored with the fast paced riff driving this piece. It's one part rubbery bluesy rock and one part prog. There is a bit of shouted kind of processed vocal presence here from time to time (just the title), but overall this is really an instrumental.
Taking It West
A bit more along the lines of alternative rocker, there are some hints of country music in some of the guitar bits that come over the top. This is a classy cut, but not the proggiest thing here.
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