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Review by Gary Hill

This is a duo consisting of Dave Dvorak and J.J. Benson. The music here moves from folk to alternative rock, pop oriented and much more. Lyrically this seems largely personal, and there are a lot of topical references to our current times. While not everything here is a pure winner, there are no losers, and the variety really allows it to flow well as a whole album.

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Track by Track Review
Things That Matter Most

A great soft-rock acoustic guitar motif gets things going here. In some ways the vocals remind me just a little of Bob Dylan, but with more of a modern alternative pop angle added to that sound. This is catchy and entertaining. It has some nice hooks.


This is a bit more rocking, but it's still more of a soft rock tune. It has a lot of drama and magic built into it. There is definitely an alternative rock angle to this.

Mona Lisa Smile

With some Americana in the mix, this is more of an alternative rocker. It's a fun tune with a great energy. I dig the retro keyboard break on the number.

A keyboard and vocal arrangement gets things going here, and that holds the track for its duration. This is an evocative and effective piece of music.
Folk rock based music with some hints of alternative creates the concept here. This a gentle number that works well.
Bohemian Flats
A playful old-school folk concept with some modern nods in the lyrics is the idea here. This is fun and retro sounding.
Pale Blue Dot
Slow moving, intricate acoustic guitar starts things here. This is an intriguing cut with folk music, alternative rock and more in the mix It's creative and has some modern world references in the lyrics.
Things You Cannot Measure
Reggae, alternative rock and folk music all merge on this fun tune.
What Remains of the Day
More of a soft rock tune, this has some good energy and a lot of style. The lyrics are poignant, and the song solid.
Seeds of Hope
A piano and vocal arrangement is at the heart of this as it starts. It fills out a bit as it grows. This has a slow moving, classic, folk rock type mode at play. It's one of the strongest pieces her, as far as I'm concerned. It makes a great closer.
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