Title: White FlagsLabel: Escape Music
before we get started, anyone who buys this CD is gonna have
to be open-minded about music and (b) like 70's Prog such as
Greenslade, ELP, Genesis, Deep Purple, Rick Wakeman, Jean
Michel Jarre et al.
One other thing I must say as well
is that I'm not gonna go through this album track by track.
The protaganator behind American
Tears is of course Keyboardist extraordinaire Mark Mangold,
who also handles vocals on White Flags. This is the follow
up to his previous work HARDCORE and doesn't cover any new
ground as such.
What we have on offer here is Prog/Rock
without GUITARS!!!, well ELP did it in the 70's, but whereas
their early material was more orchestral the songs on here
have melodies and insightful lyrics
Mangold makes full use of whatever
he has in the studio, whether that be a Hammond, Moog, Synth
or just an ordinary everyday piano. He also handles all
instrumentation on here, Keys, Drums, Bass and Vocals.
The Hammond takes centre stage
through this whole CD, weaving patterns across the songs. He
may not be the world's best vocalist but Mangold's vocals
suit the lyrics and melodies.
Everything seems effortless without
being too experimental so White Flags straddles the line
between full on Prog and Rock with more melody and a
poppy/techno edge at times.
It does feel that some of the songs
are repeating themselves and merge into being a JAM but the
one saving grace on here is the title track itself, White
Flags, with it's power ballad influence, as the keyboards
weave their melodies.
So there you have it, short but sweet I know, but after a few listens I realised I couldn't do a track by track review of this, it feels like a seamless piece of work and ain't nobody doing anything like this at the moment.
Review by: Dave Brass
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