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Re: “In the Jukebox: Man on Fire

It is so painful to read a review by someone who is so obviously biased against a style or genre of music as was this reviewer. Personally, I could never review a rap album, because of my own personal tastes, but would simply decline the assignment rather than feign impartiality. A reviewer should be well versed and have an appreciation of the the subject they're writing about.

But, rather than review the reviewer...

For those who do not know progressive rock, or prog as it is often now known, it was born in the late 60's, pioneered by bands like King Crimson, Moody Blues & Pink Floyd, among others. It blossomed in the 70's with Genesis, Emerson Lake & Palmer, Yes (Britain) & Kansas (US) as some of the best known bands.

Progressive Rock was the exploration of a more complex music than the 3 minute simple rock & pop tunes that preceded as radio fare. It was as much related to classical & jazz in its form as to rock and often the time signatures were not and are not a 4/4 beat, as is rock.

The popularity of prog waned in the 80's but over the last 20 years a great resurgence has occurred. It is something of an alternative, even underground wave of music, as most radio stations are no longer free to play the longer, epic compositions of progressive music, but the internet is now filling that gap.

As for Man On Fire & "Chrysalis"...

"Chrysalis" stretches Man On Fire's sound from "Habitat" into a richer, fuller sound with the addition of more acoustic instrumentation added to the electronic base. Added into the instrumentation this time is trumpet, violin, acoustic guitar & grand piano and a female vocalist sharing duties with Jeff Hodges.

The music is dense and intricate, but the strong melodies make it quite accessible. This is contemporary progressive music, with nothing that even hints of a retro sound, or sense of nostalgia for the pioneers of the genre. The lyrics are intriguing and thought provoking.

If you are adventurous in your musical tastes and looking for some great progressive music, I highly recommend checking out this release.

You can listen to it and decide for yourself by going to the band's page on the 10T Records website:…

Posted by Artguyken on October 3, 2011 at 12:17 PM
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