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Direct Divide

Own Your Ocean

Review by Gary Hill

This is not decidedly progressive rock in nature. It is, however, definitely progressive rock. It’s also great music. I just wish there were more songs than five here. Once it ends, you just want it to keep going.

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Track by Track Review
Kick It
Starting with a great piano arrangement, violin and other instruments join. The group launch out into a high energy prog rocker that’s very cool.

More of a straightahead rocker, this is a killer. It still has plenty of progressive rock in the mix, though. The violin really adds a lot to it.
Tide Is Rising
As good as the first two were, this is much stronger. It’s got a great balance between mellower and more rocking. The prog elements are more out front. The violin brings even more to the table here. This is packed with great melodies and lots of emotion.
We Are Legion
In some ways this is more straightforward mainstream rock. In other ways, though, the prog sounds are all over this. However you slice it, though, it’s great stuff from the beginning to the end.
1000 Years
One of the most dynamic and purely progressive things here, this has a solid variation between sedate and rocking. It’s another with a lot of evocative elements.

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