Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Tom Brislin "Hurry Up and Smell the Roses"

Country: USA
Sub GenreArt Rock
Release date: October 30, 2012
1 Hurry Up and Smell the Roses 4:39
2 Your Favorite Day 4:08
3 When You Told Me Not to Go 3:52
4 Stuff You Would Understand 3:19
5 Industry in the Distance 7:28
6 Predawn 0:51
7 Liftoff 4:33
8 The Outskirts 3:28
9 I Hold a Candle 7:32
10 Visitor 3:24
11 Microphone 6:02

Tom Brislin - all instruments and vocals
guest contributions by guitarist Clint Lagerberg, vocalist Annie Haslam of Renaissance, and Theremin synthesist Shueh-li Ong.

Keyboardist/singer Tom Brislin should be well-known to prog fans by now, after stints with Yes, Camel, and Renaissance, not to mention The Syn and Francis Dunnery. Brislin is a tremendous keyboardist and apparently a quick study. Hurry Up and Smell the Roses is, apart from the final track, different than what Brislin was doing with his former band Spiraling, and to our ears a big step forward, more emotive, heartfelt and intimate. Brislin put this album out there with the intention of calling it ‘cinematic pop’, but the prog community embraced it and for good reason. The songs are centered on Brislin’s soothing vocals, piano and symphonic keyboards, while drums are used sparingly but to great effect. There is sometimes a similarity to Peter Gabriel’s piano-based songs. Annie Haslam sings backing vocals on one track that features a great hook, then evolves into an instrumental that sounds like Happy the Man in a majestic mood. Hurry Up and Smell the Roses is an exquisite work full of memorable melodies that hooked us immediately, best for after-dark listening in more introspective moments. (kinesis)

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