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Lee Dewyze

Slumberland

Review by Gary Hill

Perhaps this disc is more pop rock and singer/songwriter than it is progressive rock. The thing is, bands like Porcupine Tree and modern Marillion kind of changed the bar in terms of what is prog and what isn’t. In many ways this isn’t that different from their sounds. Whatever you call it, though, this is an intriguing disc that showcases a talented musician and songwriter.


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Track by Track Review
So What Now

There’s a cool psychedelic texture to this track. It’s pretty and intriguing and features quite a bit of backwards tracked elements.

All Fall Down
Delicate and quite pretty, this is like a cross between progressive rock and a modern alternative rock meets singer songwriter style.
Annabelle
While this is overall a bluesy mellow rocker, it’s got some progressive rock (well, more jazz) in the mix, too.
Princess
Electronica, post prog and jazz all meet in this cool cut.
Flower Child
There’s still some progressive rock on display here, but overall it’s more of a singer songwriter, modern alternative rock tune.
Where You Lie
We get a lot less progressive rock on this bluesy number.
Stay
Folk rock and progressive rock are blended with pop and country on this ballad.
Another Sleep Song
More of a post prog meets pop kind of number, this is bouncy and catchy.
Sweet Sweet
A completely different show, this is very much an old time rock and roll cut. There’s no prog in the mix, nor are there really any modern rock elements. This could have come out in the late 1950’s or early 1960’s. Parts of it remind me of something particular, but I can’t put my finger on it. It’s a cool tune and a nice change of pace.
Goodnight
With lots of backwards tracking and other intriguing elements, this track is more purely progressive rock oriented than a lot of the other stuff here. It’s quite tasty, too.
 
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