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    Jan Dukes De Grey – “Mice and Rats in the Loft ” – [Breathless Records]

    Re-release of the second release from this UK trio. Unlike
    too much prog, this at times allows for the possibility of
    skipping down a sunny hillside, there are carefree vibes in
    each of the 3 lengthy, intricate songs including passages of
    strong tune-worthiness (including a sort of brief quote
    from Three Blind Mice on “Call of the Wild”). But beneath
    that sunshiney vibe, the lyrics here talk of guillotines
    and ripping hearts right out of the flesh (years before
    Indiana Jones turned such an act into a theme park). The
    deft mix of instruments: sax, mandolin, trumpet, flute and
    more not only showcases the proficiency of the band, but
    makes for a very full-sound for a three-piece. Derek Noy
    is a very imaginative guitarist, his work on the initial
    “Sun Symphonica” propels that through its early phases
    until it hits a quaint English tea-time interlude around
    5 minutes in. But shortly afterwards he gets some 12-string
    fury (or is that the “Zelda Chord”) charging the song up
    again. Another energizer is the glissando growling voice
    of Noy (rising up like a siren, an effect duplicated by
    both keyboard and an actual siren on this album.) Each of
    these songs is just plain brilliant in scope and sound.
    -Thurston Hunger

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on January 7, 2006 at 12:39 am
  • Filed as A Library,CD
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