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Tristan Park — A Place Inside
(Cyclops CYCL 022, 1995, CD)
by Rob Walker, Published 1996-08-01
Simple song structures, basic harmonic progressions, and weak lyrical content place this release squarely in the dangerously-close-to-cheesy neo-prog category. The music can't seem to decide if it's trying to be pop or neo-prog, or even how to go about being either, and it fails at both. There are obvious influences from some of the more well known and mainstream prog bands, but these elements seem to be thrown in for no particular musical reason; they seem to be there only to try to attain some prog legitimacy. Unfortunately, they don't mesh with the rest of the music, and it comes off very disjointed and fake. The band seems to have some chops, but whichever direction they want to take – pop or neo-prog – they need to put a lot of work into both their lyrical content and their musical cohesion.
Related artist(s): Tristan Park
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