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Third Development

The Thought of Tomorrow

Review by Gary Hill

I have landed this under progressive rock, but it's not a tight fit, but does qualify as art music. No matter what genre you think applies, this is effective and dramatic music with both electronic and symphonic angles at play. There are a number of instrumentals here, but plenty of track feature female vocals. There is plenty of dream pop here along with world music, electronica and more. Whatever you think this is, you need to check it out. It's a great release featuring music that is often unique.

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Track by Track Review
The Thought of Tomorrow
I dig the classy keyboard sounds that bring this into being. The female vocals that join bring a bit more of a pop music concept. Yet, there is an almost electronic symphonic edge to this. It's slow moving and reflective. It's also powerful. The piece seems to walk a line between proggy art music and electro pop. Whatever you call it, this is classy.
Between the Lines (Instrumental)

I really like this track a lot. There is a lot of world music, with a decidedly Celtic leaning to it. This is more organic than the opener was. It's a creative and intriguing piece that also manages to entertain. It seems to transport you to a different world. Some Indian music comes in further down the road.

Moving Through Light

I really dig the artsy, almost pure prog, vibe of this cut. It's a dramatic and soaring piece. It has a bit of an electronic symphonic edge, but it also features prominent percussion work.

One (Instrumental)
Indian music leads this off and holds it for a time. The cut grows outward from there. It has a cool electronic groove and is quite an art-rock piece. The Indian elements come back later, but intensified.
Dreamy and trippy pop music concepts drive this with some real proggy textures in the mix, too.
Hidden Within

There is a real dreamy aspect along with art rock on this tune. It's a potent piece that works so well. I think the vocal arrangement on this might be the best one of the whole set. Everything about this is classy.

Stopping Time (Instrumental)
The beauty and symphonic textures on this really paint a wonderful picture. The track is artsy and dramatic, but also quite lush.
Curious Waves
Horn sounds bring some jazzy elements here. This is another powerful number. It's artistic and beautiful. It's another standout number.
A Collection of Moments
I dig the dreamy nature of this cut. It's not a huge departure from the rest of the music here, but it works really well. It serves as a great closer, too.



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