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A Fear of Falling (vinyl)

Review by Gary Hill

We have reviewed several releases from this artist. On this album everything is done by one person, Michael Shanahan. I always land this act under progressive rock, but that’s based more on the “progressive” label, than anything related to old-school prog. There is a lot of 80s music in the mix, but also space rock, dreamy textures and more. This album like everything by Reanimation is classy. The album includes a download code for a digital copy with a bonus track. I have not reviewed that part of this because of our “physical only” requirement, though. I should mention that this record is so cool looking. In fact, that's why it earned one of our bonus videos.

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Track by Track Review
Side A
A World Away

This builds gradually and works into s cool dreamy kind of number. It has some psychedelia and 80s music in the mix, but also plenty of space rock.

Ambulance Chasing
The arrangement on this is dense and rich. The sound has lots of pop rock, dream pop, space music and psychedelia in it. It’s another classy slab of unusual and intriguing sound.
This Haunted Place
Mellow, but trippy, elements are at play as this number gets going. This builds up with style. It has a lot of that 80s sound, but there are growing and evolving spacey elements at play.
Side B
Cruel Desire

This rocker is a bit more direct than some of the others are. It still has plenty of the familiar things at play, though. It’s all class. It gets pretty edgy at times and really builds up with style.

Any Trace of You
A mellow, sound like a mournful wail is heard as this gets underway. Piano rises up to join the arrangement. This works to more of the dreamy, 80s-inspired space rock styled sound that we’ve heard throughout the album. There is a definite dreamy quality. I really dig some of the guitar fills on this a lot. The guitar work on the closing section has a real psychedelic angle to it.
How Will I Sleep?
There is a weird psychedelic thing that feels like a loop as this start. Other layers of sound, including a vocal line, come over the top of that. The piece works forward gradually with that droning loop like thing at the heart of it as it does. It shifts toward soaring, harder rocking zones further down the road. It eventually drifts toward more trippy zones to end.




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