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Triangle Exception

Echo Papa Zero One

Review by Tim Jones

This EP, like their first album, Cheesesteak Walleye, came out in 2007.  It's another eclectic collection of interesting songs, influenced by progressive rock and adult alternative rock.  Band members are, again, Doug Darrell and Steve Wonchoba.

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Track by Track Review
Live Aid '85
This is a tribute to Live Aid '85.  Basically, it's Triangle Exception playing bits and pieces of some of the songs with their own style.  Short excerpts from a few songs are evident, including Phil Collin's "In the Air Tonight." David Bowie's "Modern Love."and Queen's "Radio Ga Ga."   The music alternates between alternative and progressive.
The Way She Loves You
A thoughtful song about a path taken in the past, it's a fast-moving pop song, catchy and filled with keyboards.  The keyboards get loud enough,at one time, to make them, instead of the vocals, the dominant instrument.  The track ends with a little bit of guitar.
Fetid Felicity
This one is a bit satirical; the band meant it to sound like a modern teenage post-grunge song.  Besides being very funny, it gives these guys a chance to try something in yet another genre.  They describe it as "A song about a guy who has angst about having nothing to have angst about."
Self Parody
This was originally written by a guy named Joe Trainer and Doug Darrell.  Darrell and Steve Wonchoba took it and played around with it.  The intro is instrumental and very cool.  The lyrics are fun, the fast-moving music leans towards progressiveness while the vocals lean towards alternative.  A keyboard solo, followed by a guitar solo, interrupt the vocals.
Ball
Here is yet another genre.  The vocals and background vocals are reminiscent of Barenaked Ladies, and the music sounds a bit like one of those old Nintendo games, at least when the electric guitar's not intruding.  The lyrics are very repetitive.  A couple of nice guitar solos provide some relief to prog fans, and then the EP ends on a very nice, very progressive, very instrumental note.
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