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Nature Ganganbaigal

Nature G - Stereotyping

Review by Gary Hill

This review will have to start with a statement about the artist's name. This has been released under the name "Nature G." I previously reviewed an album by this some person working under his full name Nature Ganganbaigal. In order to keep from having these land all over the place in the artist area of MSJ, I've listed this one under that name, too.

Now, let's talk about the music here. It's probably not progressive rock. However, the mix of sounds is so unique that it's clearly progressive music. It's also rock oriented, so I can't imagine putting it anywhere else. Personally, I think this album leans a bit too heavily on modern prog rock and loses something in the process. The bulk of this feels very angry and the majority of the songs get parental advisories for the lyrics. If you'd like to try something unique, I'd recommend giving this a shot. I'll bet that you've not heard anything quite like it.

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Track by Track Review
Stereotyping

Electronic sounds open this. The cut shifts out to hard rocking, almost heavy metal turned techno stuff from there. It's a powerhouse stomper for sure. It earns a parental advisory on the lyrics. The vocals get a little processing on the chorus. The throat singing and some strings both bring some proggy leanings to the cut.

Cool Girl
The mix of sounds here is similar to that on the opening piece. Again this gets a parental advisory. It has some extreme metal vocals, but also some throat singing. Classical type instrumentation along with the electronic elements create the proggy sides of this piece.
Every Step
A mellower, more melodic piece, this is more closely tied to modern pop music. That said, there are enough intriguing folk elements to land this under folk prog with electronic music fused to it.
I’ll Break You
Another that earns a parental advisory, the mix of metallic elements with electronic ones is quite intriguing here. It's not a huge change, but it seems to find a different balance than the first couple cuts did.
I Hate You
This definitely scores a parental advisory, too. The stylistic balance here is similar to that on "I'll Break You," but it's perhaps even more based on the electronic side.
Fickle
Hard-edged, this merges metallic textures with modern pop music and more. It earns another warning for the lyrics. There is some cool funky stuff mid-track. It gets some throat singing stuff, too.
The King Of Manipulation

Now, this is a real shining star. It's hard rocking and powerful. It's not quite heavy metal, but rather lands more in the vein of AOR metallic prog. It is also a highlight of the set. This is another with parental advisories applied.

Rise Above
The parental advisories continue. The mix of sounds here has a lot of modern pop music in it. Then again, there is plenty of metallic meat and potatoes. It has enough of an "outside the box" angle to get it landed in progressive music.
Abusive
I love the hard-edged, fast paced sounds on this stomper. It has some of that pop element, but it's really under-played. This does have a definite modern prog side to it.
Bar Maid
This lives in similar territory as the last one. It's a killer rocker that's among the highlights of the set.
Captain Flint
Here is another cut that lands in the folk prog zone. This is a balladic styled number that's a great change of pace. It's also one of the strongest pieces here. There is a lot of world music built into it. It has a lot of charm and style, too.
 
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