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Circus Mind


Review by Gary Hill

I previously reviewed one other album from this act. Like that one, this has a real retro edge. This is a shorter set, though, made up of just five tracks. It's perhaps a little more tightly focused in terms of styles, landing near Rolling Stones territory most of the time. They do still bring the funk at times, and we even get some hints of prog rock on one song. All in all, this is quite an effective release. I wish there were a few more songs here, but then again, it's always a good idea to leave your audience wanting more.

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Track by Track Review
West End Road
Starting on piano, we get a cool rock and roll meets blues and jazz arrangement as this continues. In a lot of ways I'm reminded of the Rolling Stones. There is some killer slide guitar on this, and the song gets some tastefully raw edges in the mix in some ways.
Darwin's Sister
There is a lot of funk in the mix here. This is another killer retro rocker that works so well. I really love the soaring guitar soloing on the number.
Baby Come Back Down
Drums get us going here. Classic rock and funk are all over this thing. It's another killer tune that works so well. I love the synthesizer on this thing.
Miss Fortune
Here we get a slower moving track that has some vaguely proggy vibes brought on by the keyboards. It's still heavily related to same kind of bluesy rock as the rest of the disc. This has some killer guitar work built into it, too.
Vampire Blues
I really dig the piano work on this thing. It's another fun and classic sounding piece of music. I really love the short bass solo that gives way to a double-time section near the end.
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