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Future Past

Review by Gary Hill

I like this disc a lot. I’m sure there are those of you who will say that it doesn’t fit into progressive rock, but I’ll stand by including it in that category. Sure, the songs are short, but there’s a lot of Pink Floyd and Porcupine Tree in the musical montage here. Whatever you call it, though, this is very entertaining and pretty and it’s varied enough that it never gets boring or redundant.

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Track by Track Review

A mellow, jazzy groove makes up the main introduction to this track. As the vocals join it takes on more of a prog rock element and some keyboard segments that come across add to this feeling. Some of the vocals later have a bit of a Kate Bush meets Tori Amos groove and there’s a killer retro keyboard solo present.

Feel So Good
This has the pop groove that the first one does, but blended with a Pink Floyd kind of sound – think “Dark Side of the Moon”.
A slow moving, mellow, jazzy tune, this is quite tasty. There’s a definite bluesy air to it. The guitar solo on this one is particularly bluesy. I’m not positive I’d lump this into progressive rock, but it’s not too far out of that category – if it is at all. 
This is closer to the type of music that made up the opening number. The arrangement is lush and there are some more Pink Floydian sounds here and there. Overall, this is a killer proggy mellow pop type music, though. 
One of Those Days
One of the highlights of the set, this is more rocking than some of the other music here. It’s got more of that Pink Floyd sort of element to it, but the female vocals and other sounds bring a different texture to the table, too. 
In some ways this track feels more like a continuation of the previous one. The Floydian sounds are more prominent and there’s a definite space rock air to a lot of it. 
Water Under the Bridge
While in some ways this is more an R & B kind of groove, the guitar brings more Pink Floyd-like sounds. I can also make out some Alan Parsons project in the mix.
Meanwhile, Irreplaceable Time Flees
If you want to talk about Pink Floyd influences on the disc, you can’t leave this track out. A fairly short instrumental, this feels like it could have been lifted from Floyd’s Wish You Were Here album.
With a driving groove the Pink Floyd elements are here as are Alan Parsons ones. It also is not all that different from the album’s opener in terms of style, but there’s a lot more “rock music” on display here.
There’s a bluesy element to this, but it also has a lot of that Pink Floyd sound on board. Of course, there was always quite a bit of blues nestled in 1970’s Floyd. 
I think the best description of this track would be “a proggy Mazzy Star”. Of course, Mazzy Star was always rather proggy. This feels sort of like a cross between music like modern Marillion or Porcupine Tree and that Mazzy Star sort of approach. It’s a great piece of music. There’s a great keyboard solo section later in the tune that eventually takes it out.
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