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The Other Side — In the Shadows
((Not on label) no#, 1994, CD)

by Peter Thelen, Published 1995-07-01

In the Shadows Cover artThis Seattle area four-piece has a style that straddles genres, and yet doesn't seem to owe allegiance to any, in the end meaning that they are never quite what they seem to be, regardless of which direction one approaches from — yet, like Landberk, they are original and refreshing. Their style seems to embrace some of the alternative current's hard rocking guitar power while stylistically being a bit closer to the 4AD camp, with a strong and intentional psychedelic element blended into the mix. The main mover is singer / keyboardist Rebecca Westeren, who wrote all the lyrics and is credited with the music (along with the band) also; her voice could be characterized as a more raw and powered answer to Kate Bush with the expressive style of Sonja Kristina. Guitarist Jerry Brogan gives the songs the urgency required by Westeren's voice, while the rhythm section drives the structures capably. I guess the thing I like the most about this band is their seeming ability to cross between worlds, their music is not 'too' typically progressive, and it clearly has a strong element of mainstream appeal. File under 'going somewhere.'

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