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Tyler Edwards

A Falling Sky

Review by Gary Hill

I previously reviewed another set from Tyler Edwards, and I think this one is the stronger of the two. There is a real singer-songwriter concept at play here. The music gets some varying angles under that banner. Americana is a big reference point of a lot of it. Alternative rock is another concept that shows up here and there. While not everything here rises to the point of brilliant, there are some tunes that do. Nothing here really falls short, either.

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Track by Track Review
Highway Dust
The singer songwriter stylings on this song are drenched in Americana. While this breaks no molds, it's quite effective and has a real timeless sound to it.
Only After
There is a dreamy, alternative quality to this tune. The number has plenty of country elements in the mix, too. It's slow and mellow. It's also dramatic.
Moody and dramatic, this is powerful stuff. It's not all that unique, though.
Sugar Hill
Singer-songwriter music, folk and other elements merge here. There are definitely quite a few Americana leanings here.
Nobody Dares
with a lush, and at times almost proggy, arrangement, this is another moody cut. It's solid, but nothing Earth-shattering. It does have some soaring moments.
A bit more rocking, this song is one of the highlights of the disc. It brings from variety, and is just a cool tune. It has a nice mix of alternative rock and singer-songwriter texture. There is a short break that brings a prog meets country angle to it all.
Long Line
We're back into the slower, mellower zones. This ballad paints some wonderful lyrical pictures. The song seems more emotional than some of the others here.
Chaos and Curls
Mellow, acoustic guitar based sounds are on the menu here. This cut is a folk-based number. It's effective, but not a standout by any means. It drifts more toward the rocking end of the equation before it's over.
Wishing Well
The closer is mellower and more balladic even than the previous number. Normally I don't think that ending on a sedate tune is the best idea. In this case, I think it works because this evocative tune is one of the best on the disc. It's beautiful and powerful.
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