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Welcome to the EvO:R Carrera Reviews Section.
I would like to take a few minutes to introduce myself to everyone. My name is Bill
Carrera and I am the new music reviewer here at Evor. I wanted to let you know a little
about my thoughts on music. It's important to let the people that I review know how I
think of and listen to music.
First of all I believe that if your music sucks then
the world should know about it! After all, you have the nerve to charge as much for
your stuff as the majors do so it better be pretty damn good, and if it is, I'll also
tell the world. I'll hold nothing back!
The first six bars of the first track set the feel for the entire album
but by no means define it. I've come to expect a lot from this trio
of veteran studio musicians and my expectations were exceeded by Syzygy
. . . JDA has gone above and beyond the call of duty on this album.
The album does a bit of genre-hopping, but the totality is almost like
an opera, with each act being a work unto itself while telling a
definable story with the whole. You will feel the changes, but they won't
make you dizzy.
"Like Beginnings" is rock ballad with a power pop feel. Swelling
refrains with near orchestral harmony directly contrast the otherwise
simplistic tune, creating a very enjoyable and somewhat inspirational
"I Wanna Believe" is very Beatlesesque, it could have been written by
John and Paul in the latter part of the 70's, but I think even The
Beatles would have failed to provide the same passion.
"Making Up For Lost Time" is a bit heavier than the first two, but
retains that power pop feel while introducing a bit of melodic rock
reminiscent of Yes and Genesis with perhaps a touch of Gentle Giant.
"Someday" at first brought Asia to mind, and while the song retains
that sort of feel, it becomes much more earthy right away in true JDA
"You Are Free" is a country-rockish, brit-bluesish ditty that has a
more happy and whimsical feel than the prior tracks. It contains a
message that is much loftier than the tune suggests, however, a dichotomy
that I was excited about after listening to it a couple times. I like
this one a lot more than any song of its kind I've heard to date.
"A Bitter Pill" jumps right back into the rock ballad salad with guitar
licks that would make zero ambiance guitarists drool. The guitar is
especially passionate in this song with a restraint worthy of greats like
Steve Hackett and Eddie VanHalen. Very Pink Floyddish in feel, this is
one of my favorites, if not my favorite.
"From Heart To Hand" revisits a late 70's Beatles sound while retaining
the great guitar work and interjecting a bit of an early 90's touch. I
wish the vocal harmonies were a bit tighter on this one, but the power
of the song itself more than compensates. Don't listen to this one if
you're at all sad unless you don't mind breaking into tears . . . very
emotionally powerful song.
"Bluestown" steps into the power pop ring with weighted gloves and goes
straight for the knockout. JDA experiments with vocal processing in
this one and brings it off quite nicely.
"Bluesshack" is a slightly unsettling short harmonica piece that
perhaps was intended as a closing to "Bluestown" but instead (or in addition to)
brilliantly sets the stage for "What Could Be Better," which is
another Beatlesesque ditty that is both highly entertaining and inspiring
with its simple message and pleasant melody.
"Freeway" starts off a bit slow with a buildup that slides nicely into
a rockin' blues ballad that feels quite a bit like Creedence Clearwater
Revival with ZZ Top joining the jam session. The guitar is way in the
background, almost like a disjointed afterthought on this one and
that's sad because it's very tasty.
"Constant Devotion" made me wonder if JDA had switched engineers in the
middle of the album because this time, the vocal feels seperate from
the track. Again, too bad because this is a strong track otherwise and
would have probably been my favorite. As it is, though, it remains one
of my faves on this album because the guitar break alone is worth the
price of admission and both the bass and drums strut a bit.
"Elusive" instantly brought King Crimson to mind, specifically the
insturmental, Discipline. I am at a loss as to why, but there it is and
since I love King Crimson, I'll leave it at that.
"The Message" was the perfect choice for the final track. Very
powerful, it leaves the listener wanting more . . . like with the final
brush-stroke of pigmented oil on canvas, the painter knows it's not finished,
but puts it away because otherwise, it never would be.
In totality, this album brings to my mind an image that is both stellar
and earthly . . . that angels have descended to Earth and taken up
residence, sacrificing their divinity to fully enjoy all that being human
has to offer.
I like this album . . . so much so that I will give my strongest
recommendation: if you love rock, you must own this album.
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Reviews will appear in the order that CD's are sent so don't delay
as it takes a couple weeks now and we just got started!