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GPS — Window to the Soul
(Inside Out Music IOMACD 2112, 2006, CD)

by Cesar Montesano, Published 2007-03-01

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As with any neo-prog superstars poised to take over the world, again, the production here is slick and smooth. Knobs tweaked and script at the ready, this one is heading for the stratosphere, of the charts. Depth is not the focus here, easygoing and inoffensive foots the bill. The sound is large and looming, forecasting the perfect mixture for stadiums and huge venues teeming with gleeful fans. There is no doubt that the thundering drums will unflinchingly keep time, amply supported by steady basslines, with swirling keyboards washing all over the mess hall, and snaking guitar lines that will systematically envelop the aching fingers on your air-instrument of choice as they all endeavor together to crush the opposition in a majestic swell of perfectly-tuned vocal croons. The cream of neo-prog? Probably. Expertly crafted popular song structures? To perfection. You get the drift? There is nothing wrong with the thing if you like that sort of pom-pom for your stocking cap. Ably accompanied throughout, the music is served well by these accomplished musicians, albeit a tad overlong on the whole. For what it is, I cannot tell a lie about it. The thing is pretty much flawless, not much more can be said about the execution; the decision is yours.


Filed under: New releases, Issue 34, 2006 releases

Related artist(s): GPS, Ryo Okumoto

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