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2 New CD Reviews - Felony & Jack Foster III

Postby TageRyche » Tue Nov 15, 2005 10:46 am

My review of the John Gorka CD Bright Side of Down can be seen via this Pop-topia.com link.
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Postby Jonny B » Fri Mar 17, 2006 1:46 pm

I did check out Felony for the first time. Vocally, I didn't have a problem with 'First Works.' The male vocalist sounds very similar to Trent Gardner (Magellan,) albeit with a broader range. The female vocalist is a bit rough around the edges, but I've heard a lot worse.

As far as the 'no-no's' to prog stepping into the pomp territory, I'm one of the extremely few that will call that a 'yes-yes.' Because I'm very biased to keyboards, and that I've found some prog a little too heavy, or too confusing, or just plain bad. I categorize Felony as "Progressive AOR." It's fluffier than prog, but it won't bore me to tears with predictability either. A perfect blend in my book.

There is only major problem I had with this one, and that was the choruses. Felony has the potential to be a great band. But when you write so many choruses that fall flat, it will kill the momentum built in any song.

As far as I can tell, Felony has the potential as a new band to evolve into something special. Possibly improve as greatly as Lunatica did between Album #1 and #2. However, I feel they need to improve on a few things:

1.) Work on the lyrics.
2.) Hire someone to write a bombastic chorus. They need one...BADLY!
3.) Get a beefier distortion to the guitars. As much as I like a keyboard-heavy album, even I draw the line if the guitars aren't doing a whole hell of a lot to support those keys. Get some beefy distortion, even if you have to borrow a distortion pedal from another band.

My Score: 76 / 100
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Postby TageRyche » Sat Mar 18, 2006 7:06 am

Thanks for reading my review and I enjoyed yours.
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