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Andrew Reed

If All The World Were Right

Review by Gary Hill

Andrew Reed is probably best known as part of the band Space Apaches. This new solo set doesn't share much ground with that outfit. Instead, this lives mostly in the territory occupied by folk rock music. There are forays into psychedelia, prog based stuff and more. The home-ground, though, is more down to Earth. This is quite an effective and versatile set.

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Track by Track Review
Sailed Away
There are nature sounds at the beginning of this. The cut works out from there to a melodic and accessible rock song. This is the kind of thing that was huge in the 1970s, classic rock music. The piano solo brings some jazz to it.
Cure My Mind

Organ lends a retro texture here. The cut has some cool melodies. It probably lands closer to a singer/songwriter kind of direction, but it has some elements of prog rock, too. The acoustic guitar solo is tasty.

Life in the City
Now, this is an intriguing cut. It comes in with a section that's closer to modern pop music. It works out toward some decidedly proggy stuff as it continues. This is a big change and quite cool. It has a great range and vibe.
Putting Things in Order

A mellower cut, this is slow and enchanting. There are hints of prog here along with some definite psychedelia. When it powers up further down the road, it really does work out to prog type sounds.

If All the World Were Right

The opening of the title track reminds me of Ringo Starr's "It Don't Come Easy." There are more Americana elements at play here, but the hints of that tune still echo across a lot of this for me. There are some proggy elements at play here at times, too.

Carolina in the Morning
An Americana based tune, this is folk oriented. There is plenty of country music in the mix here, too.
Where She Goes
Folk rock is the idea here. While this is a solid tune, it's not up to the level of some of the rest. I do like the backing vocals and some of the soaring stuff in the arrangement quite a bit, though.
The Ghost of Robert Johnson

Given the title, I expected an old-school down-home blues tune. The guitar soloing on the instrumental section brings a bit of that. Beyond this, though, I'm reminded more of something the Doors might do. The organ clearly brings some of that, but it's true beyond it, too.

Open Road

There is a dreamy, summer kind of vibe to this song. In some ways I'm reminded of Arlo Guthrie. This is very much a folk rock type of piece.

All of My Life

Extremely mellow, this is a pretty ballad. It's slow moving and has a lot of style.

Hourglass

While this comes in with a folk based motif that's not far removed from the bulk of the set, the powered up segment really brings something different to the table. That movement is more rocking and has a lush, soaring arrangement. This is basically a power-ballad and has some definite proggy elements at play.

Sailed Away (Reprise)

The opening track gets a revisit in this effective piece. I really dig the horns on this. The guitar solo adds something special, too.

All the World is Right (Poem)
This is literally a poetry recitation with some piano and strings as a backdrop. Normally, I wouldn't think of something this mellow as effective closing piece, but for some reason it works well here.
 
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