Horoscape - Fieldwork - Your Life Flashes (CD, Album)

Members seamlessly cycle through a gamut of styles from jazz to straight ahead rock. I can't think of another band that flows naturally to jazz idioms without self-consciousness and emotional loss.

One of my favorite moments is in the middle of "Black and White" in a vocal passage where Banks in the background starts strumming a banjo. When the vocal tapers off, the instrumental timbre carries and then glides through wah-wah and other flavors, wisely receding for a brief drum solo.

No "Inna-Gadda-Davita" here. Flash clearly grasp moderation, in fact a guiding principle Banks is a guitar player extraordinaire with volumes to impart here. Only a band of Yes' rank can throw out a guitarist of this stature and have one slightly more useful waiting in the wings.

If Banks had only fronted a lesser ensemble, he would have received the acclaim he deserved. Admittedly the verses of album closer "There no More" reprise Flash's catalog up to that point.

Enough is changed, however, to avoid the impression of repetition. Then things quiet to a hush to emerge in a sea of vocal harmony, looming larger than Horoscape - Fieldwork - Your Life Flashes (CD. That's exactly what prog rock is all about. Let's start at the beginning, none too small.

The debut album's hit and arguably strongest song drives the potted review. The antithesis of the stereotypical prog axe clinician, Banks always entertains with his plentiful and varied riffs. Album) of the other songs on Flash's debut well illustrate Banks' general style. On the solo to "The Time it Takes" Bank's so-called "spidery triplets" work their magic. The heartfelt songwriting on the Flash debut generates that warm, fuzzy feeling all over that this jaded reviewer rarely anymore experiences.

I contemplate a six month rotation of recorded books in my CD machine. Then Flash resurfaces and throws a wrench in my plans. The conga drums and Colin Carter's honey-like voice make this simpler song stellar. Carter should be more of a household name. He has a unique voice, indescribably so. Pure bliss, though. A grandiose flourish of an intro sends it off.

It explores different moods and transitions flawlessly between heavy and merely spirited sections. OK, here Carter's vocals are a bit Jon-Anderson-like in cadence and emphasis but still quite distinct from Yes.

The jam in the middle is sublime fare, up there with the best of them. Its success is its subtlety. Soloing on this song, Banks kicks out some jazz licks. He's the one artist who can play on the jazz end and not send me sprinting toward the door.

That's because he always keeps it fresh. The time it takes to run through this album isn't even perceivable. This record is such pure mirth. What more can I say about the closer besides it being a beautiful, touching ballad?! Oh yeah, I can gush how the melody is brilliant. They don't make 'em like this anymore. Review by patrickq Prog Reviewer. It's been claimed, or maybe guessed, that Out of Our Hands is a concept album.

If so, I don't get it! There are songs with "king," "pawn," "knight," "queen," and "bishop" in the title, but beyond that, no evident theme. Their compositions are an outgrowth of their unique rehearsal process, which involves the exhaustive repetition of enormously subtle rhythmic patterns and cycles. The results are largely pulse-based, with written lines and figures setting up moonscapes of dense, rhythmically absorbing improvisation.

Like much of what Iyer creates under his own name, this music has the distinction of being toe-tappingly accessible and yet, on a technical level, nearly incomprehensible. It is a highly specialized language, to be sure, but also an endlessly refreshing one. The absence of bass, moreover, ensures an unconventional timbre at all times. Highlights include the nearly hummable melody of "Horoscope," the gradual decelerando of "Step Lively," the unearthly harmonic darkness of "Generations" and "The Inner World," the fractured, funky shuffle of "Sublimation," and the maddeningly complex tom-tom patterns of "Sympathy," a brain-teaser for the ages.

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