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Potter's Daughter

This Winter's Child (CD Single)

Review by Gary Hill

This new single from Potter's Daughter is being released just in time for your winter holiday celebrations. I previously reviewed another single from this act. I think I like this song even better than I did that one. The arrangement is sort of minimal in some ways, without a lot of instrumentation through much of it. Yet, the magic and pure progressive rock artistry really shine from start to finish.

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Track by Track Review
This Winter's Child

Piano brings this into being with a real sense of magic about it. As the vocals join there is almost a dreamy, trippy element to it. The piano has an exploratory sort of classical meets jazz vibe. Some tasty electric guitar rises up after the first vocal movement bringing some rock intensity, but still in a tempered and rather mellow way. As the vocals return this has such a classy prog sound built into it. They just deliver one line, this time, though. A more full arrangement takes it into some fusion prog styles. The vocals join after a time, and the cut continues to grow in style. This really begins to soars as it continues. Curved Air is a valid reference point in some ways, but so is Renaissance. I can even hear some ELP in the way this piece is built. There is a lot of classical music at its heart. A section around the four-minute mark makes me think of Yes in some ways. That movement eventually serves as the closing.

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